Vetting: Voluntary Work

Home Office written question – answered on 14th July 2020.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of waiving fees for Disclosure and Barring Service checks for people volunteering to support the response to the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

Volunteers do not need a DBS check if they are carrying out tasks such as delivering shopping or walking dogs for people in their community.

The DBS has published guidance to assist community volunteering groups understand when a check may be needed.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-factsheet-community-volunteers-during-covid-19-outbreak

Standard and enhanced checks are free for volunteers.

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