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Volunteering - Regulated Activity

Organisations (employers, voluntary organisations and charities) who engage people to work with vulnerable groups including children have a responsibility to ensure that safe arrangements are in place.

The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) would expect all organisations to promote safe practices by ensuring that they follow safe recruitment practices and provide training where required, that helps staff and volunteers to know how to recognise and respond locally to concerns about a child.

Safe recruitment:

There is a Disclosure and Application Process for Volunteers through the DBS if the position is eligible in accordance with the relevant legislation. This is the case for both paid and voluntary positions (there are some administrative fees attached to this by the organisation that submits the application to DBS).

A volunteer’s eligibility will depend on the frequency of their contact with children and whether or not they are being supervised.

A DBS certificate should be requested as part of an organisation’s pre-recruitment checks following an offer of employment, including volunteering roles and applications for specific licences.

For volunteers to qualify for a free-of-charge volunteer check, the applicant must not:

  • benefit financially from the position for which the application is being submitted
  • receive any payment (except for travel and other approved out-of-pocket expenses)
  • be on a work placement
  • be in a trainee position or undertaking a course of study that will lead to a full time role/qualification be a paid foster carer or a member of a foster care household

For further information about the eligibility criteria please go to:

Regulated activity:

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 sets out the activities and work which are ‘regulated activity’ this includes:

  1. Unsupervised activities: teach, train, instruct, care for or supervise children, or provide advice/guidance on well-being, or drive a vehicle only for children;
  2. Work for a limited range of establishments (‘specified places’), with opportunity for contact: for example, schools, children’s homes, childcare premises. Not work by supervised volunteers; Work under (i) or (ii) is regulated activity only if done regularly. We are providing statutory guidance about supervision of activity which would be regulated activity if unsupervised.
  3. Relevant personal care, for example washing or dressing; or health care by or supervised by a professional;
  4. Registered child-minding; and foster-carers.

Safeguarding training:

Stoke-on-Trent SCB offer Level 1 safeguarding children training either on a face to face basis or as an e-learning module; these courses are free to local charities and voluntary organisations based within Stoke on Trent.

The courses are endorsed by Stoke-on-Trent SCB and are ideal for everyone who comes into contact with children, young people, their parents or carers through their work in either the statutory or voluntary or independent sector.

For further information go to:


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