Is your volunteer engaged in Regulated Activity with Children?

This should be read in conjunction with the full guidance from the Department for Education.

Activities that place a volunteer in Regulated Activity with Children:

Important: It is illegal to apply for a check unless the role is eligible for one. You must also tell the volunteer why they are being checked.

  1. (i)  Unsupervised activities: teach, train, instruct, care for or supervise children, or provide advice/guidance on well-being, or drive a vehicle only for children
  2. (ii)  Work for a limited range of establishments (‘specified places’), with opportunity for contact: for example, schools, children’s homes, childcare premises. Not work by supervised volunteers

Work under (i) or (ii) is Regulated Activity only if done regularly. ‘Regularly’ means carried out by the same person frequently (once a week or more) or on four or more days in a 30-day period (or in some cases overnight).

  1. (iii)  Relevant personal care, for example washing or dressing; or health care by or supervised by a professional, even if done once.
  2. (iv)  Registered child minding; and foster-carers.

Activity under (iii) and (iv) does not have a frequency restriction and is Regulated Activity even if performed only once.

Broadly speaking the new definition of Regulated Activity relating to children no longer includes certain activities done on an irregular or ad-hoc basis or some activities properly supervised by someone who themselves is in Regulated Activity. It is important organisations understand the distinction between supervised and unsupervised by referring to the Department for Education’s guidance on supervision.

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