Yes. In order for our volunteers to receive the highest level of care and support across our programs while volunteering with Encounter Youth, we require them to have the endorsement by and connection to a church community. Our 20-year heritage stands on providing opportunities for church communities to support young people through practical service. We rely heavily on a church community’s leadership and support structures to ensure our volunteers are well looked after, trained, and that they uphold the standards the community and city have come to expect from us in providing direct relief.
Volunteers must supply a current Criminal History Document that is in line with our Child Protection Policy. A pastoral reference is required in conjunction with your volunteer application. Other accreditation such as Child-Safe Environments is highly valued and encouraged.
A Working With Children Check (valid for 5 years from date of issue).
Any Department for Communities & Social Inclusion Check (valid for 3 years from date of issue).
A current registration certificate from the Teachers Registration Board of SA.
A valid Working With Children Check Card (commonly known as a Blue Card) from another Australian state.
Identification as a Police Officer
If you don’t have a valid Criminal History Document, you are eligible for a free Working With Children Check as an Encounter Youth volunteer. Find out about the process here (link opens in a PDF to view and download).