￼Caudwell Children is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Disclosure and Barring checks will be undertaken according to the responsibilities of the role.
All eligible posts involving work with vulnerable groups, including children, will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Within Caudwell Children this is any volunteering post classed as regulated activity, e.g Destination Dreams, Short Break Activities, Family Support and Hospital Service volunteers.
Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from volunteering with us. This will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstance and background of your offences.
Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, you only have to declare unspent convictions. However, if the post for which you are applying is one which is an exception under this Act and is eligible, we will ask anyone volunteering for an up to date criminal record check from the DBS which may provide information about convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings which might otherwise be regarded as spent.
Criminal record information is dealt with in accordance with the Disclosure & Barring Service Code of Practice.
If you have lived, studied or worked overseas in the last five years for a period or three months or longer you will be required to obtain a Certificate of Good Repute (also referred to as a Statement of Good Conduct) from the national embassy of the county/countries you have resided in to verify that you did not receive any convictions whilst living there. The cost of this would be met by the volunteer.
Your answer to the following question should include any ‘spent’ convictions.