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The definition of a Volunteer

Friday 9th June 2017

The DBS define a volunteer as ‘a person who performs any activity which involves spending time, unpaid (except for travelling and other approved out-of-pocket expenses), doing something which aims to benefit someone (individuals or groups) other than or in addition to close relatives’

In determining if the person can be listed as a volunteer on their DBS application, the DBS advise you ask the following 5 questions;

  1. Does the applicant meet the DBS’ definition of a volunteer?
  2. Is the applicant in receipt of any payment (except for travel and other approved out-of-pocket expenses)?
  3. Is the applicant on a Placement/Work Experience?
  4. Is the applicant on a course that requires them to do this job role?
  5. Is the applicant in trainee position that will lead to a full time role/qualification

The applicant must meet the DBS’ definition of a volunteer, and for the answer to be ‘no’ to the remaining 4 questions.

This is because the DBS state that if a person is seen to be gaining from the role, whether this is from training or payment, they would not be classed as ‘true’ Volunteer, and therefore eligible for a free of charge Volunteer DBS check.

Volunteer position should always show the position title of ‘Helper in School’ which is a title reserved for applicants whom you have deemed to meet this criteria.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at sps.employmentcheck@kent.gov.uk or call us on 03000 411 114.

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