All CareGivers in volunteer befriending arrangements must be DBS checked before they can give volunteer befriending support to any CareReceiver on the scheme. G&TC is committed to safeguarding older adults and therefore DBS vetting is an important process.
The Locality Manager will advise CareGivers how to provide a DBS check and at what level, and check all certificates and ID documentation.
No individuals will be accepted onto the scheme as CareGivers if they are known to be on the Barred List from working with vulnerable adults. If a DBS check results in any information which indicates an applicant poses a risk of harm or a concern to vulnerable adults, they will not be accepted onto the scheme or be able to continue on the scheme.
Locality Managers will consider applicants with unspent convictions carefully and safely in accordance with government guidance (Rehabilitation of Offenders Act). Decisions about unspent convictions are based on the following:
- How long ago the offence occurred
- How old the person was at the time of the offence
- If there is one offence or a series/pattern of offending
- The relevance of the offence(s) to the CareGiving role
- The circumstances of the offence(s) according to the person
- Any other information giving an informed view of the applicant’s offence(s)
The Locality Manager will then make an informed decision as to whether the applicant may become a CareGiver and the nature of activities they can perform under the scheme. CareReceivers will not be advised about any DBS information on CareGivers as this is confidential.
The Locality Manager will refer any CareGiver to the DBS if they:
- remove them from the scheme for harming a child or an adult
- remove them because they might have harmed an adult or child
- were planning to remove the individual from supporting CareReceivers but the individual left first.
This is called ‘Duty to Refer’ which is a legal obligation and overrides CareGiver confidentiality rights. In such cases, all care arrangements will be stopped.
In addition to DBS vetting, our associate charities may have other vetting procedures such as reference checking and interviews, to ensure suitability for volunteering. These will be specific to each charity and explained by the Locality Manager.