Volunteering

Volunteers

Volunteering means an activity which is of benefit to the community, is done of one’s free will and is undertaken without monetary reward. Volunteers are those volunteers that are involved in providing support, guidance and supervision directly to students and could potentially have direct unsupervised contact with students during the normal course of providing the volunteer service.

Volunteers may have:

  • limited supervision by Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School staff in their role;
  • significant amounts of 1:1 time with students;
  • supervisory responsibility of a group of students with only broad and indirect oversight of a Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School staff member; or
  • full supervisory responsibility for one or more students, such as in a sports coaching role or learning support role.

Volunteer activities may include volunteers involved in Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School camps or excursions, coaching sporting teams or assisting in learning
activities.

All volunteers are required to comply with our Child Protection Program and their legal obligations with respect to the reporting of child abuse, grooming and neglect.
Volunteers will undergo child-related employment screening in accordance with our Child-Related Employment Screening policy.

  • Each current and new volunteer is required to sign a written statement indicating that they have read and acknowledged Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School’s Child Safe Policy and Child Safety Code of Conduct.
  • They must also be aware that they too have legal obligations with respect to the reporting of child abuse, grooming and neglect.
  • It is each individual’s responsibility to be aware of key risk indicators of child abuse, grooming and neglect, to be observant, and to raise any concerns they may have relating to child abuse with one of Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School’s Child Safety Officers and/or with external agencies where required.
  • Each volunteer is to read the Volunteers Code of Conduct.

We value the people in our community who give their time to help with excursions, camps etc.  It is our duty of care that our volunteers have current training in Valuing Safe Communities (VSC – see training instructions below) and a current DCSI (Working with Children Check) which lasts for 3 years.

Working with Children Check

South Australia has introduced stronger, more effective, and transparent screening laws for people working or volunteering with children. The new laws mean that, from 1 July 2019, everyone working or volunteering with children must have valid child-related screening.

The new working with children check (WWCC) introduced from 1 July 2019 replaces the current system, where people can have either a Department of Human Services (DHS) child-related employment screening, or a National Police Certificate assessed by their employer/volunteer-involving organisation.

Changes include:

  • WWCCs replace all other types of child-related employment screening checks.
  • People can apply for their own WWCC, to help them be job-ready
  • Organisations can no longer use National Police Certificates for people working or volunteering with children. Only the South Australian Department of Human Services (DHS) Screening Unit can do a WWCC.
  • A WWCC is valid for five years and is portable across organisations and roles in South Australia.

There are transitional arrangements to make it easier for people to move to the new scheme:

  • All current, valid DHS/DCSI child-related employment screening clearances will be recognized as WWCCs under the law, until they expire.
  • Certain industries will have staggered entry times to the new scheme, to help them transition smoothly.
  • National Police Certificates assessed by organisations are valid for working with children until 1 July 2020.

A DCSI (Working with Children Check) needs to be provided.  You can apply for this check online via the Government of South Australia Department of Human Services Screening Unit, or you can fill out the form below and the school will initiate the process.  You will then receive an email from DCSI asking you to activate your account.  Following your activation a further email will be sent from DCSI with a link to complete your application online and a username (please note this may no be exactly the same as your email address) and password.  You will be requested to change your password prior to completing application Sections A – G (click on application number). Section A – reference number to be left blank. At section H select ‘requesting organisation’ as the verification method for the school to process the 100 point check. Clearance will then be emailed to both you and the school in due course.

Apply for DCSI form (Working with Children Check)

  • Please ensure this is your full name on birth certificate for SAPOL purposes.
  • Date Format: DD slash MM slash YYYY

How to enrol in Valuing Safe Communities: Online Training Modules

Please note that to participate in this course, there is a two-stage process which is required to ensure the integrity and safety of the training content. The first stage is registering on the training system: iLearn (Part 1) and the second stage is enrolling in the training module (step 7 and 8).  Read the handout to complete the Valuing Safe Communities training.

 

 

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