Free volunteer applications to DBS

The Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) has reporting a recurring problem with the inappropriate use of free-of-charge volunteer applications.

They have announcing that they will take action if they believe inappropriate volunteer applications are submitting knowingly and/or done with the intention of avoiding payment.

The DBS defines a volunteer as “a person engaged in an activity which involves spending time, unpaid (except for travel and other approved out-of-pocket expenses), doing something which aims to benefit some third party other than or in addition to a close relative.”

To qualify for a free-of-charge 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 the job role; and
  • Be in a trainee position that will lead to a full time role/qualification.

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