PRINCIPLE 3

PRINCIPLE  3

Our organisation takes steps to prohibit, prevent, and address inappropriate behaviour by staff, volunteers, contracted or other personnel, in relation to children, vulnerable adults and the local community.

Indicators:

3.1 We support and enable volunteers to engage with global development issues, including issues of social justice and ecological sustainability before, during and after their placement.

 
Suggested evidence (some evidence is mandatory) – Copies of/extracts or screenshots from/links to:

 

§  Partnership agreement/MOU between the VSA and the local partner detailing the inclusion of development education as an integral aim and part of the volunteer programme;

§  Training plans/outlines for development education workshops between the VSA and the local partner;

§  Promotion, direct advertisement and recruitment messaging and processes detail that development education is a key part of the overall volunteer programme, including at pre-departure, placement and post return stages;

§  The VSA’s website links to:

        Comhlámh’s website sections including ‘Issues to Consider’  and ‘Trainings and Courses’ ; Comhlámh’s online pre-decision and post return courses, ‘Where Do I Start’  and ‘What Next’ ;

        Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) website;

        Other development education organisations and/or resources.

§  Procedures for/evidence of signposting volunteers to Comhlámh’s supports and Coming Home Guide and weekends, trainings, online courses and member activist groups through:

        Training, induction and placement plans;

        Volunteer information pack;

        Volunteer manual;

        Records of email contact with volunteer.

§  Training, induction and placement plans which include development education on global development, social justice and ecological          sustainability by the VSA and/or local partner;

§  Qualifications and experience of VSA personnel responsible for delivering training;

§  Records/certificates of attendance of VSA personnel attending development education courses (including skills development and training for trainers), seminars and conferences;

§  Use of self-guided learning plans including Comhlámh’s Volunteering for the Future Training Companion;

§  VSA participation in Comhlámh’s Volunteering and Development Education Working Group; or Dóchas Development Education Working Group or membership of IDEA;

§  Tracking sheet showing volunteers’ participation in development education workshops and courses, including online and webinar courses and discussions;

§  Resources and supports provided to enable volunteer reflection on experiences and placement, including:

        Distribution of Comhlámh’s Learning Journal and/or Volunteer Charter;

        Facilitation of blog post and/or podcast etc.

§  Post return provision of information and promotion of trainings on global development, social justice and ecological sustainability;

§  Accreditation or award that reflects engagement on global justice issues at home (e.g. Global Citizenship Award, #SDG Challenge, university and engagement awards or other accreditation arising from their volunteering.

§  Tracking of volunteers’ ongoing involvement in global justice issues.

 

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