The DBS has released a safeguarding factsheet for community volunteers who have been galvanised to support the vulnerable along with a FAQ on a variety of issues including remaining compliant with government guidance on isolation as well as where DBS checks may be required. It advises:
"A national effort is required to tackle the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and we understand that people want to help others who are already ill or at particular risk. We wholeheartedly welcome such efforts and want to assist volunteers and the people receiving support in ensuring that help is provided safely.
It is absolutely vital that the spread of this virus is stopped, which is why the Government has limited when people can leave their homes. People are allowed to shop alone or with members of their household for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible. People can also leave their homes for any medical need, providing care or to help a vulnerable person. Everyone must follow these measures in full.
Where people require support the first option should always be to rely on friends, family, or neighbours who already know one another. If this is not possible, there are some very simple steps that can be taken to make arrangements with community volunteers as safe as possible. Particular care must be taken where children or vulnerable adults, such as those with dementia or other medical needs, are helped"
For full details of the guidance, check this link.
Watch this space for some free training for non-members.........