References and Disclosures (Police Checks) for Volunteers



The Volunteer Centre does not request references or disclosures from potential volunteers who use our services. Any necessary checks will be carried out by the organisation you decide to volunteer with. The level of checks and the application process will vary greatly from one organisation to another, staff at the volunteer centre will be able to tell you in advance what to expect in each case.


The Volunteer Centre does not request references or disclosures on potential volunteers that we may refer to an organisation. The Volunteer Centre will try it’s best to match a potential volunteer to the requirements and skills needed by an organisation, to the benefit of both the organisation and the volunteer.

It is the responsibility of the organisation taking up the volunteer to ensure that they perform whatever checks are appropriate to the position of responsibility the volunteer is placed in. Disclosures are required for volunteers working regularly with children and vulnerable adults. We have extensive information on good practice in this area and are more than happy to help you if you are unsure. We can help you decide what is appropriate for volunteers in your organisation and if necessary, how to go about arranging disclosures through the Central Registered Body Scotland (CRBS).

We will take up two references for people who are on our ‘One-Off’ events register, as we realise that organisations sometimes need extra people at short notice for specific events, such as flag weeks.

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