How to Become a PACT Volunteer
The selection panel meets to consider each application and determine whether an Interview will be held. At interview, applicants are provided with specific information about the role and have the opportunity to ask any questions or raise concerns they may have. PACT has found that it is often at this stage of the process that people self-determine that PACT work is not suitable for them.
Are you suited to the role of Child Witness Support Volunteer?
Important factors to consider:
- Volunteers conduct face-to-face visits to build rapport and provide information, usually in the family's home, so your own transport is essential.
- The court process may be long, with Volunteers providing information and support for the entire court proceedings. Therefore, PACT Volunteers are asked to make a long-term commitment to enable continuing with the families they support.
- The court process is unpredictable, so Volunteers must be very flexible with their availability in order to best support our clients. PACT sometimes receives short notice in relation to the rescheduling of Court dates.
- Whilst Volunteers are not allowed to discuss the details of the cases with the child or family due to confidentiality, they are exposed to disturbing details about what the child has experienced. Adequate debriefing and support mechanisms have been established to enable Volunteers to discuss any concerns with the Volunteer Coordinator, their Team Leader or fellow Volunteers.