Christians Helping In Primary Schools (CHIPS)
Who is CHIPS?
Why are we partnering?
More than two thirds of children report experiencing a traumatic event by age 16; negatively impacting on their physical and mental health, learning development and connection to the community.
The region they are based in has consistently had the highest number of reported family violence incidents in Victoria.
CHIPS are helping to restore these hurting, troubled children and their families who have experienced trauma, grief or loss in their lives; transforming the trajectory of their life.
What are we currently working on?
Following reports of a rise in Domestic Violence during lockdowns, CHIPS are looking out for the welfare of children (who no longer have the safety of school) and their families; providing remote access to Chaplains, home activity packs, mental health resources for kids and materials to aid teachers working for home.
In a one week period during the covid-19 crisis, the Chaplains organised practical help and walked alongside
- A teacher seeking help with violence in their home
- Hundred of families struggling with lockdown at home
- Family grieving the death of a child through cancer
- Siblings coping with the suicide of a brother
- A child grieving the loss of his uncle who is a policeman
- A principal grieving a close relative