Vetting: Voluntary Work

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

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Photo of Laura Trott Laura Trott Conservative, Sevenoaks

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of DBS checks being fast-tracked and the processing fees waived to ensure that volunteers wishing to help their communities in response to the covid-19 outbreak can be vetted by community organisers.

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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