Volunteers, be they parents or friends of St Joseph’s are very welcome and a critical part of daily school life. Through involvement in classroom help, tuckshop, P&F, School Board, our Fete, or many other volunteer roles, your assistance enhances the quality of teaching and learning as a school community we are able to provide.
Under current legislation all volunteers must be trained in Student protection and Safety protocols before they can volunteer within the St Joseph’s community. As a volunteer at St Joseph’s we ask that you undertake training either by collecting a package from the office, or downloading the package and return the paperwork to the office at your leisure.
Training of Volunteers is now mandatory in Queensland under The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (CCYPCG) Act. Most of these training expectations are in relation to Child Protection and exist for the good of all students in our care. There are some very specific expectations on schools in relation to Volunteers who work in the school. All volunteers, within the St Joseph’s community, parents or not, must complete steps 1 to 4.
1. All volunteers must be registered with the school. This is done by completing and signing a 'Volunteer Register Sheet'.
2. All volunteers must be provided with a 'Volunteers Code of Conduct' which they must follow.
3. All volunteers must sign a 'Volunteers Suitability Declaration'.
4. All volunteers must register/sign on when working as a volunteer in the school.
5. All volunteers must complete either -
a study of the Brisbane Catholic Education Student Protection Handbook and sign the Volunteer Student Protection Information Sign off. This acknowledges that they have read and understood the handbook and that they understand their reporting responsibilities as a volunteer.
6. Non-Parent Volunteers (this includes grandparents of school students)
All non-parent volunteers at our school must also undergo employment screening and receive a Positive Notice Blue Card for Volunteers. This positive notice is now an essential requirement, under the Queensland Legislation, before volunteering can occur for you within our school.
Along with this card, you must undergo the Student Protection training mentioned above and complete the various documents to ensure you and the school comply with the requirements for Volunteers regarding Student Protection under current legislation.
Volunteers are asked to sign in on every occasion they work at St Joseph’s. Sign In books for volunteers are located in the front office, tuckshop, and Prep.