Prison Invisits Program Volunteer – Junee
Time required: Weekends and public holidays
SHINE for Kids is the only national charity to provide services to support children and young people from infancy through to reaching adulthood at 18, our programs operate in secure, open custody, and transitional correctional facilities throughout NSW, ACT, VIC and QLD, and encompass:
- Casework and Parenting
- Supported Transport
- Onsite Engagement Facilitation including Child and Family Centres and supported prison invisits programs
- Aboriginal Programs
- Educational Support
- Carer Support
SHINE for Kids programs are designed to provide positive opportunities to reduce the likelihood of children transitioning into child protection and justice systems, help avoid family fragmentation, and to reduce both juvenile and adult recidivism.
Volunteering in the Prison Invisits Program includes facilitating activities/games for children during visiting hours with their parent in prison, with a focus on making the visits environment more child-friendly. Volunteers hold a valuable role in ensuring that children have a positive experience during these visits with their family. The program seeks to strengthen the bond between parents and children.
Activities with children to facilitate play and bonding with the parent may include:
- Art activities
- Games including board games and ball games
- Craft activities including painting, drawing and art construction
- Books and reading activities
- Toys that make the environment feel safe and familiar
- Themed activities specific to celebration days e.g. making cards for birthdays, Easter, Christmas, making cakes for mother’s day and other special occasions
Experience in working with children is preferred although not essential. A friendly and open personality with a willingness to work within the prison visitors’ centre is a requirement.
Safeguarding children and young people
Everyone at SHINE for Kids from Executive staff to volunteers take seriously our commitment and responsibility to safeguarding children and young people across all of our programs and services in a supportive environment that is caring, safe, nurturing, free from bullying, abuse, exploitation and neglect. As a volunteer for SHINE for Kids, you are required to meet the behaviour standards outlined in our SHINE for Kids Safeguarding Children Statement and Practice and behaviour’ guidelines / ‘Safeguarding code of conduct. You will receive a copy of these guidelines or code as part of your letter of engagement. You can also access a copy of this statement on the SHINE for Kids Website.
Therefore as part of your duties and responsibilities, you are required to:
- Provide a welcoming and safe environment for children and young people
- Promote the safety and well-being of children and young people to whom we provide services
- Ensure that your interactions with children and young people are positive and safe
- Provide adequate care and supervision of children and young people in your charge
- Act as a positive role model for children and young people
- Report any suspicions, concerns, allegations or disclosures of alleged abuse to management
- Maintain valid ‘working with children’ documentation
- Undergo periodic ‘national criminal history records’ checks
- Report to management any criminal charges or convictions you receive during the course of your volunteering that may indicate a possible risk to children and young people.
Provided by SHINE for Kids
- Orientation training in regards to the policies, procedures and practices specific to this role
- SHINE for Kids Workplace Health and Safety Induction Training Handbook
- Working with Aboriginal & Torress Strait Islander People and Communities
- Ongoing staff development opportunities through SHINE for Kids and externally with other training providers
Provided by Australian Childhood Foundation
- Safeguarding Children training – online – Child Protection Training (Identify and Respond To Risk Of Harm or equivalent)
Provided by Corrective Services NSW
- Security Awareness Training
- Current First Aid Certificate with Asthma and Anaphylaxis (Not senior first aid, the child care first aid)
- Current Working with Children Check for Volunteers
- Relevant experience working with Aboriginal families is desirable
- Current Drivers Licence
- Our organisation undertakes several screening processes to ensure the appropriate protection of children in its care. This includes reference checks, Identity check, Criminal History Records Check (where applicable), qualification checks and professional registration checks.