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All of the department’s ongoing volunteers must receive the Responding to Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care (RAN-EC) induction session for volunteers. This includes people on a governing council.
DECD employees who want to volunteer can find out about their RAN-EC requirements on the DECD intranet (staff login required).
The session explains what you are expected to do if you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of children and young people. It helps you understand appropriate ways of relating with children and young people.
Volunteers will receive either a face-to-face or online RAN-EC induction.
During a face-to-face session, volunteers will be given a copy of:
- RAN-EC induction for volunteers handbook (PDF 576KB)
- Protective practices: guidelines for staff working or volunteering in education and care settings (PDF 507KB).
The online session includes links to these resources.
For both types of sessions, a certificate of participation is provided when complete. The certificate is transferrable across sites. For online sessions, the site leader must sign the certificate to endorse the volunteer’s participation.
The DECD site leader chooses and arranges the best option for the volunteer. The online option might be good for volunteers who:
- have good English and computer skills
- already know about child protection issues (eg, medical staff, Department for Child Protection staff and volunteers, police officers)
- have a job or other commitments that make it hard to come to a site-based session.
Volunteers must speak to a DECD site leader before they start the online course.
This online session is not site-specific, so site leaders will make sure that volunteers who do this online are given the name of their nominated site leader as well as any site-specific child protection information.
If a site chooses to run a face-to-face session, the site leader must facilitate the session for their volunteers – or delegate the responsibility to another member of the site leadership team. The session takes about 2 hours to deliver.
To share the load, a site leader can facilitate joint sessions with other sites. The site leader can also ask the SA Association of School Parent Communities (SAASPC) to deliver this session for volunteers. A member of the site leadership team must be at the SAASPC session.
The content in the RAN-EC induction session for volunteers must be followed and covered as provided by the department. No sections can be missed or amended.
Volunteers will be given the name of a site leader who can offer advice and support about any child protection or wellbeing concerns. This is referred to as a ‘nominated site leader’. They must be a DECD employee in a leadership position at the site.
What happens if a volunteer changes sites
If a volunteer starts at a new site or helps at multiple sites, the session does not need to be done a second time.
DECD site leaders will make sure each volunteer has a current RAN-EC induction session certificate of participation. They must also give the volunteer any site-specific information about child protection issues that are relevant to their role. They will make sure that volunteers are told who their nominated site leader is.
When to update
DECD site leaders will let their volunteers know when they need to do an update. This will happen if there is a significant change to the information in the session.
DECD sites need to log into the department’s intranet for record keeping instructions and responsibilities about the RAN-EC induction session for volunteers.
An ongoing volunteer can be someone who helps on a regular or irregular basis. This might mean:
- once a week
- once a fortnight
- every day for a term
- once a term
- whenever they can fit it in around other commitments.
Engagement and wellbeing – RAN-EC for volunteers
Email: DECD.CSW [at] sa.gov.au