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You should carry out a risk assessment and use your professional judgement to determine what checks are needed for volunteers. Use our template to save you time creating your own.

Carry out a risk assessment to identify the level of risk

You should carry out a risk assessment and use your professional judgement to determine what checks (if any) are needed. 

You risk assessment should consider: 

  • The nature of the work, including:
    • Whether it will be considered 'regulated activity'
    • The level of supervision involved (see section below for more detail on this)
  • What you know about the volunteer, including formal or informal information offered by staff, parents and other volunteers
  • Whether the volunteer is able to provide references from other employment or voluntary activities
  • Whether the role is eligible for a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check and if it is, what level is appropriate

This is set out in paragraphs 288 to 289 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE). 

Download our template risk assessment 

Use our template to help you assess for the main points above. 

KeyDoc: risk assessment for volunteer DBS

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