I had no idea there were so many bureaucratic hoops to jump through when you volunteer to work with children.
Now that we are back, I thought it was about time for me to get involved at the local primary school in a voluntary way. I still have my teaching accreditation for the state of Victoria but it will finish in September as I have decided not to renew it. I thought if I was volunteering it would just be a matter of the school checking my current teaching accreditation to verify that it would be ok for me to work with children: to listen to children reading or to help out with craft etc. I was a little misguided!
In order to work with children in Victoria you must have what is called “A Working With Children Check” . If everything is ok then you are given a registration card.
You need to go to a Post Office to collect a form, you can’t download one on the web at the Department of Justice website. Once you have the document, it is similar to filling out a passport application, you need to provide three documents to prove your identity. You also need to supply a passport sized photograph.
Now I have read all the information on the check I realise the importance of this Check as it helps to protect children from sexual or physical harm by checking a person’s criminal history. Do you have something similar where you are?