Staff and Volunteers Suitability Declaration

Dear Volunteer,

Safeguarding our Children

We very much value and appreciate the work all volunteers do in our school. As you will be aware, any volunteer in our school is subject to a DBS check (CRB previously) as one of the steps to remain vigilant in keeping children safe.

In October 2014, the Department for Education (DfE) published supplementary advice to the Keeping children safe in education statutory guidance to help schools understand the requirements placed on them by childcare legislation, namely the Childcare Act 2006 and the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009. The latest changes to Keeping children safe in education (September 2016) can be found under our Safeguarding Policies page.

There are a number of reasons that a person may be disqualified from working with children under the Childcare Act 2006, for example:

  • being cautioned for or convicted of certain violent and sexual criminal offences against children and adults;
  • grounds relating to the care of children (including where an order is made in respect of a child under the person’s care);
  • having registration refused or cancelled in relation to childcare or children’s homes or being disqualified from private fostering
  • living in the same household where another person who is disqualified lives or works (disqualification ‘by association’)

All our staff have completed this declaration as will any paid employee who works at our school in the future.

As we treat the safeguarding of children the same whether a paid employee or volunteer, we require all volunteers to complete the attached declaration, which includes questions about disqualification by association, i.e. if you live in the same household as someone who has been disqualified from working with children under the Childcare Act 2006, in addition to obtaining a DBS with the school.

Should you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions, please provide further information on the questionnaire. Should you rather discuss this in person, please make an appointment to meet with me.

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions, it wouldn’t necessarily mean you are unable to volunteer in the school; I would arrange a time to discuss this further with you.

Due to the safeguarding implications of this declaration, we won’t be able to welcome volunteers in school until they have completed this form so I would ask kindly for your co-operation.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate in contacting me.

Chris Wathern