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You should seek references for volunteers to help check their suitability to volunteer in your school. Download our template reference request forms and get advice on what to do if it's difficult to get references.

It's good practice to seek references for volunteers

Before letting a volunteer work at your school, you should do a written risk assessment to decide what checks are needed, including a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check. This is set out on page 72 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE).

Read our article on DBS checks for volunteers for further detail.

You can also ask for references to help you assess a potential volunteer’s suitability for a role.

References can be a better indication of good character or ability than a

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