Most global definitions of volunteering, including that of Volunteering Australia, have no minimum age, so children can be volunteers. Many young people take on a wide variety of roles and the context of each needs to be considered to determine whether it is in fact volunteering.
For instance, if a child takes on a task as a learning exercise or as part of a family obligation, and it is not voluntary, then it is not considered volunteering. However, if a child helps out a sports function or a tree planting event and chooses to do so, then it can be considered volunteering. Volunteer Managers need to contact their insurance provider to check whether there are age restrictions in place for the designated work and whether there is special consideration for volunteers under or over the insurer’s age limit.
Anyone can volunteer however there may be age requirements depending on the type of volunteer role. Some volunteer involving organisations have a policy of not involving volunteers under or over a certain age, with insurance one of those reasons. Organisations need to specify if there are age restrictions for a certain volunteer role.