Volunteers have a safeguarding role
Many people have volunteered to offer support to their communities, ensuring that those who need extra support receive it.
Safeguarding are actions that we take to protect people from abuse and neglect.
Watch this 3 minute video for Safeguarding Awareness for volunteers produced by Waltham Forest Council
The message is simple:
• if you see something say something,
• volunteers you have a safeguarding role,
• flags that some people may volunteer for the wrong reason and
• tells volunteers we want them to be safe too
Volunteers should talk to their single point of contact (SPOC) if they have any concerns or want advice. All volunteers will have a single point of contact and if this SPOC is not a safeguarding lead they should know who is in their organisation.
Alternatively, you can call Thurrock First on 01375 511 000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Some volunteers will not require a DBS check, some will, and in some cases it may be acceptable for a DBS check to be transferred. For more information please see the Governments Guidance
Guidance Safeguarding Factsheet: Community volunteers during COVID-19 outbreak
The Ann Craft Trust has some useful information for volunteers and community groups.