A lot of volunteer work involves dealing with vulnerable people or sensitive information. Due to this, it’s very important for an organisation to make sure that they are hiring the best suited volunteers. To avoid guesswork and unfortunate mistakes, volunteer DBS checks are on hand to help.
What Is A Volunteer DBS Check?
A volunteer DBS check involves the same information as standard and enhanced DBS checks (depending on which one is needed). The main difference is that DBS checks for volunteers are carried out at a lower price.
To put it simply, DBS checks for volunteers are put in place to make sure that the volunteer is suitable to work with vulnerable people or children. Also referred to as a criminal record check, a DBS check will show the employer any spent convictions, spent warnings and official police reprimands. Enhanced volunteer checks will also show information held by the local police service and barred list information.
Who Qualifies For Volunteer DBS Checks?
Due to the reduced fees, there are a number of criteria that an applicant has to meet to get a volunteer DBS check. Firstly, the volunteer must be working in regulated activity. It doesn’t matter whether this work is with children of adults. Once this has been confirmed, a volunteer DBS applicant must then be able to prove that:
- They are not on work placement
- They are not on a course that requires them to volunteer
- They are not working towards a full-time job in this position
- They do not receive any payment for their volunteer work
- They are not benefitting from the DBS check
If the applicant cannot prove any of the above, they must pay for a full price DBS check like any other paid employee.
More About Volunteers
While the above criteria is pretty set in stone, it’s completely understandable if you need further information with regards to who is deemed a ‘volunteer’. The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) Regulations 2002 defines a volunteer as:
“A person who is engaged in any activity which involves spending time, unpaid (except for travel and other approved out-of-pocket expenses), doing something which aims to benefit some third party and not a close relative.”
How To Apply For A Volunteer DBS Check
It’s important to note that individuals cannot apply to get a DBS for volunteers. Instead, the charity or organisation in charge of recruiting volunteers must apply on their behalf. This case is the same across standard and enhanced DBS checks – they are put in place to help the employer make an informed recruitment decision.
If you are a charitable organisation, applying for a DBS check for volunteers is easy! Here at The Check People, you’re just a few clicks away from receiving your DBS certificates. Simply fill out our volunteer DBS check application form and pay a (reduced) set-up fee. We will then get to work on processing your application.