Safety | Protection | Accountability
In volunteering with any organisation there is always some form of ‘due process’ that needs to be adhered to. Volunteering with SUSA is no different. In fact, we’re tougher than most and we make no apologies for that!
We are tougher because we place our highest priority on the safety, care and wellbeing of every child and young person involved in every program and event. Children and young people are the most precious and valuable gift that any community can have. Unfortunately, they’re also the most vulnerable, and susceptible to harm and abuse, and need to be protected and guarded against threats to their personal safety. Our application process is one part of achieving this.
To become a SUSA volunteer:
- Find a Team: Find out which opportunities you might be best suited to.
Talk to an SU volunteer, or contact the SUSA office.
- Apply: Submit an online volunteer application on Join A Team.
- Get Checked: Apply for a DHS Criminal History Check.
This can take up to 8 weeks. It is free for SUSA volunteers. To get started contact the SUSA office.
As of 1st November 2018, DHS checks are now mandatory for all organisations working with children. We are able to accept DHS checks issued through other organisations. However, we can no longer accept other forms of checks which were previously sufficient. Any existing check which you have registered with SUSA will remain valid for 3 years.
- Get Trained: Attend the necessary training applicable to your team or area as directed by your Team Leader.
This includes attending ChildSafe Team Member training, which remains valid for 3 years.
If you are unable to attend training with your team, see the Volunteer Appointment Process (Fact Sheet) to arrange an online alternative.
Contact us for further information on how you can get started.