Volunteering during the course day PDF version There are a number of circumstances in which ETFO members feel they should voluntarily engage in schools. Many members voluntarily engage in the classroom before they start teaching in the hope of securing a place in teacher training programs. ETFO members who work part-time or casual may feel that volunteering improves their chances of being hired for full-time, open-ended contracts, long-term casual work or work as an Educational Assistant (EA), Early Childhood Educator (DECE), Professional Support Worker (PSP) or Educational Assistance Staff (ESP). Others may have been absent for a variety of reasons and wish to volunteer as part of a return to work or an opportunity to return to school. Professional responsibility Each member of the voluntary service must be aware of his or her current obligations and responsibility to the university of which he or she is a member. Whether you are a member of the College of Teachers or the College of Early Childhood Educators, you could be potentially at risk in the event of an accusation or complaint. Whether your volunteer activity involves contact with students, parents, colleagues or other members of the school community, you may be the subject of complaints about your behaviour. If you work in a paid school and volunteer at that school, the distinction between your paid and unpaid work may not be understood by other members of the school community: you may consider yourself a teacher or a DECE, regardless of how you have worked with the school authority. You`re going to expect the same level of professionalism, no matter what tasks you perform: it`s likely that your college shares the same view.
It is important to remember that the Children`s and Family Services Act does not clearly distinguish between paid or voluntary activities when it comes to an obligation to report suspicion of harm or risk of harm. This legal obligation generally falls on any person who exercises professional or administrative responsibilities with regard to children. . . .