Thank you for considering being a volunteer at SPS, click on the link below to access the Volunteer Handbook.
Please click on files below to see Child Protection guidelines issued to schools, for whole school and early years.
If you have any concerns at all, please report them immediately to the office.
Q. Do I need a full DBS check?
If you are helping in school on a regular basis (ie. at least 3 days in every 30) you will need to have a DBS check - this can be carried out by Rachel Sermon in the school office and will simply require your e-mail address to begin the procedure and a short amount of your time at home to complete your history online.
Q. What ID do I need to bring in for a check after submitting my online history?
For a DBS check :-
Driving Licence (full or provisional – photocards must be accompanied by paper copy)
Utility Bills/Bank Statements (less than 3 months old)
National Insurance No (in print please!)
Please bring as many of the above as possible – the computerised process will not allow you to continue until it is satisfied with the ID supplied . . . and this can vary from application to application!
Q. When does my DBS run out?
As long as you do not have a break in volunteering of more than 12 weeks, your Disclosure Certificate will not expire. Only the old format of CRB had an expiry date (these took the form of letter confirmation and not Disclosure Certificates).
Q. Do I have to pay for a DBS check?
No! SPS will meet the administration cost for all its volunteer helpers
Q. Can I use a DBS I have from another setting?
You can only use a DBS that has been issued by SPS. Even though other checks may have been undertaken through Kent nurseries/Ofsted/Scout Assoc etc – your Disclosure Certificate is only portable if you have registered with the DBS Update Service.
Frustrating we know, but this is the current guideline from the DBS Office!