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Coronavirus – Recruiting Volunteers and DBS Checking

We are encouraging local support groups to use a standardised approach to recruiting volunteers, to help make sure that everybody, both vulnerable people that need the help, and the volunteers themselves, are kept safe and clear on what the expectations of them are:

Tier 1 – Food Parcels and Wellbeing Packs Drop-Off Volunteers

These roles do not involve volunteers handling any money or having face-to-face contact with vulnerable people and therefore will not require an enhanced DBS check

Tier 2 – Shopping, Medication and Befriending Volunteers

These roles involve volunteers having face to face contact with vulnerable people, potentially handling money and having access to medication. These roles will require volunteers to have an Enhanced DBS check.

DBS Checks

BVA will arrange for a free DBS check to be carried out for Tier 2 volunteers where required, however to avoid delay, volunteers who already hold a DBS certificate (e.g. due to their existing day jobs or previous volunteer roles) should be prioritised as Tier 2 volunteers wherever possible.

In the current situation, the government have temporarily changed the requirements for presenting id when submitting a DBS application and BVA are in the process of making changes so that we will be able to continue to provide our DBS service whilst the current conditions continue.

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