REFER A CHILD
Edmund Rice Camps NSW provides recreational, group based experiences for at-risk children aged 6 - 15 years who are experiencing some form of disadvantage or marginalisation. Our 1:1 ratio of volunteers to children provides a high level of support, enabling mentorship and positive role modelling for each individual on camp. We guarantee that our energetic and welcoming young volunteers will make a difference in the lives of all the young children who attend our camps!
Our general referral procedure is outlined below. Please note, there have been some changes to our programs due to COVID-19. As this is a constantly evolving situation, the best way to keep up to date with our programs is to sign up to our mailing list.
In the meantime, you can find out about the changes made to 2021 programs here:
FAQs FOR AGENCIES
How are participants selected for a camp placement?
ERC considers every referral for camp – we do not work on a 'first in, first served' basis. Our camps are run by volunteers and 1 staff member. We assess the needs of all the children who have been referred, and best match children to our volunteers' skill and experience levels. All referrals submitted before closing date, and meeting ERC conditions of placement, will be considered for a place on camp.
How many new referrals will you take for each camp?
ERC NSW believe it's important to provide continued service provision to our children. For this reason we have many participants return to camps each year. We have a maximum of 50% new children on each camp program. ERC always receive more referrals than we have placements on camp; if your referral is not accepted this camp season please try again for the next camp.
Why do you require an agency after hours contact number?
ERC works with extremely vulnerable children, and we require 24/7 access to a professional who works closely with the child and can provide information in the case of a child protection disclosure. It is only used as a last resort, and our policy means we are unable to accept a referral without this number.
The agency I work for doesn't provide an after hours number, how can I still refer this child?
We recommend you speak to the school the child attends; often they will have a school counsellor who can provide after-hours contact for the duration of the camp program. Otherwise, source another agency working with the family who can provide an after hours contact number. This can include a therapist or doctor, as long as they are familiar with the disadvantage the family faces, and can provide detailed information on the child.
If you have any other questions, please contact:
Daniel Comensoli - Programs Officer ERC NSW
0439 900 832 or 02 9556 7023