Volunteer Position Description
The Supervised Access Program is a supportive access program for children and families in the care of Peel Children's Aid. Volunteers will facilitate supervised visits, provide support to parents and children by ensuring a safe and comfortable
Description & Expectations:
- Ensure that the children have a safe, comfortable visit in a supportive environment
- Provide support to both parents and children and facilitate interaction
- When necessary, assist parents/children to seek appropriate toys/activities
- Provide the appropriate level of supervision to families as directed by the On-site Access Facilitator
- Support, interact and play with children whose visits are delayed, cancelled or terminated
- Assist the On-site Access Facilitator with the set up and clean up of the program, including cleaning toys when necessary
- Complete observation reports on families supervised
- Provide verbal report to On-site Access Facilitator regarding any problems during the visit
- Other duties as assigned i.e. filing
On-site Access Facilitator
- Previous experience in child welfare
- The ability to work in a team environment and share responsibilities
- Maturity, flexibility, sincerity and ability to remain non-judgmental
- Comfort with intervening when necessary on behalf of a child
- Ability to follow direction and seek assistance when required
- Excellent writing skills
- A working knowledge of the diverse cultures within the Region of Peel
- A second language would be an asset
- 2-3 years working in social work
- Good observation and listening skills-perceptive
- Good command of the English language
- Ability to keep accurate, concise and legible notes
- Some experience with crisis management
- Saturdays and Sundays between 9:30am to 12:30pm or 1:00pm to 4:00pm or 9:30 to 4:00
- A minimum of 6 hours per month
- A minimum of 3 hours per weekend shift.
- A minimum commitment of one year.
- Volunteers must submit their availability to the Supervised Access Coordinator by the 2nd last Monday of every month
- Volunteers must commit to taking 1 shift every week (two out of four weeks per month)
- The Supervised Access Coordinator will schedule volunteers based on the needs of the program and the volunteer’s availability
- Volunteers who do not provide their availability will not be assigned shifts. If a volunteer is not assigned shifts for more than one month, they will be removed from the Volunteer list
- Excellent hands on experience for students considering a career in Social Work, Child & Youth Work and Early Childhood Education.
- Educational opportunities within the organization and in the Community.
- Initial on-the-job training for those considering careers within the field.
- An opportunity to work as part of a larger team.
- An opportunity to learn new and valuable skills which may be marketable in the search for future employment in other disciplines.
- An opportunity to make a positive contribution to the life of a child and their respective family.
- A sense of self-satisfaction and personal accomplishment.