Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. There are a number of different ways to be involved with volunteering at the Family Inclusion Network of WA, and to participate in the delivery of our mission:
The child protection system is very complex, and parents and children face significant power imbalances as they attempt to understand and engage with the system, at the same time as they are grappling with the deeply personal responsibility of raising children safely. Fin WA is committed to helping families navigate the child protection system so they can participate with more information, knowledge and confidence.
We welcome volunteers from a range of backgrounds with varied skills and experience, who share our values of inclusion, equity and justice, transparency and partnership.
Volunteer roles may include:
Volunteers with lived experience of child protection: Family Partners
We particularly value the participation of people who have lived experience of involvement with the child protection system. The voice and input of people with lived experience is very powerful as it provides hope and dignity to families who are currently navigating the system. We call volunteers with lived experience Family Partners as they can walk alongside families to support and guide them on their journey.
Family Partners can provide a bridge between parents and the system, building courage and confidence for parents.
Family Partners can also work to inform and influence systemic change of the child protection process by participating in consultations, training and research.
There is a process of training and assessment before being linked with families, and there is ongoing support and supervision for all volunteers within Fin WA.
FIN WA’S COMMITMENT TO OUR VOLUNTEERS
Fin WA also commits to ensuring that Volunteer rights are upheld.
As a volunteer you have the right to:
Relationship with Volunteer Supervisor
Volunteers will be supported and supervised by Fin WA staff. This can include regular individual meetings to discuss and debrief about the work you are doing, as well as group supervision to discuss issues that all volunteers may be facing.