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Safer recruitment of volunteers

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Three key principles will help make sure you’re putting safeguarding into practice when finding and selecting your volunteers.

  • Your processes must relate to the level of risk involved. Don’t burden people with too many responsibilities for a low risk role.
  • Your requirements must suit the risk of each role. Don’t use a one-size-fits-all approach for all staff and volunteers.
  • You must review this at least once a year, check you are following your plans and make sure they are working well to keep people safe from harm.

Safer recruitment is a term used when recruiting volunteers and staff to help you discourage people with a potential to cause harm. It means you must take all reasonable steps to make sure that those you recruit into your organisation are suitable and appropriate. It refers to a set of practices set out in government guidance that you need to use for all roles if you are delivering activity for children or adults at risk. The principles are useful for everyone. 

The pages in this guide

The pages in this guide to safer recruitment of volunteers are split into three sections of advice.

Page last edited Jun 22, 2021

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