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DCSI Screening for Volunteers, Coaches, Homestay Families
Volunteers play a crucial role in supporting the learning and wellbeing of children and young people. Volunteering within DECD.
Anyone can offer to volunteer at Norwood Morialta High School.
People from all ages and backgrounds can contribute by sharing their life skills and experiences. There are many areas where you can help. Assist students with learning, be a mentor, coach the sports team, lend a hand on an excursion, share your knowledge, or help out in the canteen or Resource Centre.
It’s easy to volunteer. Just contact the school via email email@example.com and let us know you.
A staff member will meet with you to discuss your areas of interest and guide you through the process. The school will also provide you with the necessary training required for your role.
Mandatory screening process
Before starting your volunteering role, you will need to complete an informal interview so that your suitability, interests and expertise can be considered and matched with needs. You will also be able to ask any questions you have about possible roles and tasks.
You will need to complete a relevant history screening through the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening Unit. This screening is called a Child-related employment screening.
DCSI application process
How to start your application
How to verify your identity
You cannot start volunteering until this clearance has been obtained.
Referee checks will also be undertaken.
Screening by the DCSI Screening Unit
What is screening? Screening is a process by which information is sourced and assessed to determine whether an applicant could pose a risk to a particular group or groups of people, related to their work in a professional or volunteer environment.
Why is it required? A screening assessment is conducted as part of a preventative approach towards the care and protection of vulnerable people in our community.
How often it is required? A DCSI Screening clearance lasts for three years and can be taken from job to job (the General Employment Probity check excluded).
What type of screening is needed? The type of screening required depends on the work or tasks the employee or volunteer is required to undertake in their role. The DCSI Screening Unit conducts five types of screening check.
How much does it cost? Volunteers for NMHS will have the cost of their screening paid for by the school.
Do you have a current clearance? If you have a current clearance with six or more months left to run, you do not yet need to be rescreened. Renewal applications should be lodged when the applicant has six months or less left to go on their current clearance. Please note that the Screening Unit is returning applications from people who already have a relevant clearance with six or more months left to run.
Responding to abuse and neglect Education and care induction session for volunteers
All volunteers who provide ongoing assistance with education and care sites and settings must be provided with the Responding to Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care (RAN-EC) induction session for volunteers. The RAN-EC induction outlines for volunteers their child protection responsibilities and provides guidelines on protective practices.
RAN-EC induction is vital when volunteering and it is acknowledged that:
- it is important that volunteers who work in environments with children and young people are aware of the contribution they can make to helping keep children and young people safe
- volunteers help prevent and lessen the impact of abuse and neglect through their work with children and young people
- volunteers at times may be the first person to recognise or be told by a child/young person about their abuse or neglect simply by the nature of work they are doing which is often in a more relaxed environment.
Before you begin your volunteering role, you will be required to complete the Responding to abuse and neglect – education and care induction session for volunteers. The RAN-EC session for volunteers can be delivered face-to-face or via an on line session.
For the face-to-to face session you must attend the free induction with the South Australian Association of School Parents Clubs Inc. or phone 1800 724 640 for information.
For the online option suitable volunteers must have good English literacy and computer skills. The online session is great for those who work commitments make it difficult to attend a face-to-face session.
Volunteers can use the links from the DECD website to commence your online course.