Volunteer criteria in DBS checks

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.