Police records checks and working with children checks, are routinely used to screen volunteers for suitability in a volunteer role.
This is particularly the case where the volunteer will work with ‘vulnerable’ client groups such as children, the elderly, and people with disabilities, or in roles that have financial responsibilities or involve driving.
It is important to note that a police or criminal background check should have direct relevance to the volunteer role that is being filled and may not necessarily be appropriate for all volunteer roles.
It is also important to note that you should not only screen new volunteers, but existing volunteers.
Although not yet a legal requirement for all industries, Volunteering Tasmania recommends that background checks are used as one part of a thorough screening process.
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