Being a volunteer in a school is an important task. St Brigid’s would not be able to function as well as we do without the contribution made by the myriad of volunteers who so generously give of their time and expertise.
Unfortunately, history has shown us that some adults put themselves in situations where they can use their positions of trust and power to harm children. This history has resulted in legislation in NSW which aims to protect children from abuse. The legislation that applies specifically to volunteers includes Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 and NSW Ombudsman Act 1974.
VOLUNTEERS & WORKING WITH CHILDREN PROCEDURE
All volunteers working in the school are required to complete a
- Working With Children Clearance (WWCC) and
- be registered with Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese.
The clearance from CSO can take up to 5 working days, so it is suggested that volunteers have their forms to St Brigid’s with their WWCC number notification from the RMS at least a week before any event.
1. Volunteers are to apply for the WWCC by visiting this website and initiating the process.
2. The volunteer will then need to attend their local RMS branch with their receipt number, so they can complete the WWCC process and to receive their WWCC number.
3. Upon receipt of the WWCC number (received by email), the volunteer is to read the “Volunteer Induction Handbook” and complete the included forms at the back of this handbook. The handbook can be obtained from:
- St Brigid’s School Office or
- Download the Volunteer Induction Handbook here
4. Volunteers will then need to give to St Brigid’s:
- the completed forms with 100 points ID, as detailed in the Volunteers Handbook
- a copy of their WWCC number notification from the RMS
5. The school will email your completed forms to the Catholic Schools Office for clearance from the Diocese before you can volunteer. This can take up to a week or more.