The October edition of DBS Disclosure News includes an article ‘What is a volunteer?’, about the inappropriate use of volunteer applications for criminal record checks, which don’t attract a charge.
It includes this clarification: To qualify for a volunteer check, the applicant must not
- Benefit directly from the position for which the DBS application is being submitted.
- Receive any payment (except for travel and other approved out-of-pocket expenses).
- Be on a work placement.
- Be on a course that requires them to do this job role.
- Be in a trainee position that will lead to a full time role/qualification.
There is also a table of case studies. Download the publication from Disclosure and Barring Service.