Parent engagement can look and feel different for every family, so we support parents in a variety of ways to:
- stay informed about relevant issues
- have a say on important issues
- lead effective parent engagement in schools
Each year we gather data through online surveys, host webinars, meetings and events with guest speakers on current topics and work with our team of CSPV parent member delegates and a CSPV parent representative in each school across Victoria to build greater connection and engagement between the parent community in schools, the Catholic education system and Victorian government.
Whilst we don’t provide individual support to parents or intervene in individual situations, we do invite parents to join our events, webinars, meetings and database, share their feedback, receive information and complete our surveys.
We then take the information we receive and share through our various channels and, at a Catholic system and state level, advocate for parent voice to be considered in decision making and planning in and to benefit students in Catholic education. We continue to build strong relationships with leaders in Catholic education and across other government agencies so that we remain up to date with what is current and what the future holds in education for children enrolled in Catholic schools.
CSPV is a valuable resource that schools can draw upon to build parent engagement knowledge and strategies for their school community. We share an understanding of the system, provide first-hand insight into families and current concerns and we are equally committed to the Catholic ethos and values of families in the fundamental right to choose an authentic Catholic education for their children.
Ultimately, we know, and five decades of research clearly states, that when schools and families work together in partnership, guided by the Catholic ethos, children thrive, schools improve and Catholic communities’ flourish.