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Position description

Position Title:

My Forever Family NSW Volunteer

Operational Base:

NSW Family and Community Services Districts

Responsible to:

My Forever Family NSW Head of Operations and Advocacy

Essential requirements
  • Experience (current or former) as an authorised foster carer, kinship or relative carer, guardian or adoptive parent AND/OR
  • Professional or other community health, or child and family service related experience.  This may include, for example, a current or retired health worker or caseworker, or board, staff member or volunteer in a local community organisation
  • Current Working with Children Check and Police check
  • Work in an ethical and non-judgmental manner
  • Effective communication skills
  • Willingness to complete induction training for your volunteering role and participate in ongoing professional development opportunities
  • Adhere to My Forever Family’s Child Safety and Wellbeing Code of Conduct
  • Maintain privacy and confidentiality at all times
  • Current NSW Driver’s Licence.

Days and working hours are negotiable.

Volunteers are required to use their own vehicles and need to have comprehensive car insurance. Applicants will have a commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity and Work Health and Safety and Rehabilitation policies, ethical practice and the principles of cultural diversity.

All My Forever Family NSW volunteers are required to complete an application form and sign a volunteer agreement, non-disclosure agreement and Child Safety and Wellbeing Code of Conduct.

Summary role and function (some or all of the following):
  • Promote My Forever Family NSW program and offer peer support to both Department of Communities and Justice and non-government Permanency Support Program foster, relative and kinship carers, guardians, adoptive parents
  • Assist My Forever Family NSW to coordinate training, forums, conferences and dissemination of information
  • Facilitate local support group meetings
  • Identify training needs of local foster, relative and kinship carers
  • Provide mentoring to newly authorised foster carers or relative/kin carers for the first year of their placement
  • Contribute to district Carer Reference Groups
  • Attend quarterly face to face or teleconference meetings with district Carer Reference Groups
  • Attend volunteer forums as requested and assist with My Forever Family NSW events
  • Demonstrate accountability and ethical behaviour in the performance of duties as outlined in the Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities document
  • Respect the physical, emotional, social and cultural needs of carers and children and young people in out of home care
  • Adhere to the privacy and confidentiality requirements of your role
  • Adhere to the Child Safety and Wellbeing Code of Conduct and promote a child safe culture in your role
  • Report suspected child neglect or abuse to your My Forever Family NSW supervisor and to the Child Protection Helpline on 13 21 11