Criminal records check
Owing to the nature of its activities, this role is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and its associated Order. This means applicants need to disclose details of any warnings, reprimands, cautions and convictions which would not be removed as part of the police filtering process when carrying out a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. See GOV.UK for guidance on this ‘filtering’ process (opens in a new window).
You will have the opportunity to discuss these details during your interview. You will also be subject to an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check (which has replaced CRBs) before you can proceed as a volunteer.
Criminal records will only be taken into account when the conviction is relevant; having a conviction will not necessarily bar you from volunteering.
Because of the need to protect children who are looked after by West Sussex County Council Children’s Services, in addition to the conditions stated above it is necessary to enquire about the following.