CRB Checks for Volunteers are available at either Standard or Enhanced level
Volunteer checks are offered to organisations/companies and charities, at a discounted rate, for Volunteer workers who do not receive any payment for the work they carry out within the organisation.
The Volunteer CRB Check can only be applied for by the Organisation or Charity and both the applicant and the organisation receive a copy of the Disclosure. An individual cannot apply for a Volunteer CRB Check on them self.
Personnel Checks offer CRB Checks for volunteer applications that meet the CRB criteria.
In order for an applicant to qualify for a CRB Check for a volunteer they must not:
- Receive any payment (except for travel and other approved out –of-pocket expenses).
- Be on a 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
The Definition of a Volunteer
The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) Regulations 2002 defines a volunteer as:
“ Person who is engaged in any activity which involves spending time, unpaid doing something which aims to benefit some third party other than, or in addition to, a close relative”
For Volunteer CRB applications, because the applicant does not receive any payment for their work, we offer a reduced cost for the applications of just £18.00 per person (including VAT). The price of the Volunteers CRB application is free – we simply just charge a small administration fee of £18.00 per person (including VAT) for processing the check for you.
To establish if you qualify for Volunteer applications at the reduced rate, please call us now on 01254 355688.
The following case studies have been put together, based on some of the common errors we have identified, to help you make the correct decision about CRB Checks for volunteers.
Case Study 1
Jan has enrolled on a teacher-training course. One element of the course is to complete teaching placements at various schools; for which she will receive credits towards her qualification. She will not receive any payments whilst on these placements. Is the university entitled to apply a free of charge Enhanced Disclosure for Jan?
No. Whilst she is not receiving a payment, she is gaining credits towards her qualification, which is a benefit, and therefore does not meet the CRB definition of a volunteer.
During a break in her studies, Jan applies to become a volunteer with ChildLine. This is not a requirement of her course, and she will not receive any payments. Would this be eligible for a free of charge Disclosure?
Yes. She is volunteering for a third party, and it is of no financial benefit to her.
Case Study 2
Mark has accepted a job as a teaching assistant, initially on a three-month unpaid probationary period. Subject to successful completion, Mark will become a paid employee. Does Mark meet the CRB’s eligibility for a free of charge Disclosure?
No. Whilst Mark is not receiving payment for this initial period, it is clear that successful completion of this probationary period could result in paid employment and, therefore, it will benefit Mark financially.
The CRB is committed to providing appropriate support to the voluntary sector. It is essential that Registered Bodies comply with their conditions of registration and ensure that only applications which meet the CRB definition of a volunteer have the volunteer box selected as ‘yes’ at question x68.