Polesden Lacey Infant School highly values parents and others who volunteer to help out with school activities. We hope to encourage your support, contributions and assistance. Many school activities would be at risk if it weren’t for your help and many of our pupils benefit greatly from it.

It is our duty to ensure that whilst you are engaged in voluntary activities for the school that we care for you and ensure your safety. We also, of course, have a duty to ensure that our pupils’ welfare is promoted, they are cared for appropriately and they are safeguarded from any harm.

We have a responsibility to ensure that all adults working for the school are suitable people to work with children. The Department for Education and the Local Authority set out guidance regarding when adults working on behalf of the school must be subject to these checks. This means that depending on the nature and regularity of your help, also the level contact you have with children, we may need to ask for your permission for a DBS check.

This check is to ensure that you are not included on the Independent Safeguarding Authority list of those people who have been barred from working with children, you do not have relevant convictions, and the police do not have any other information about you which suggests that you may be unsuitable to work with children.

We appreciate that some volunteers find this intrusive and unacceptable, however, we wish to reassure you that this information is solely for the purpose of ensuring that our pupils are safe from unsuitable people. We can further assure you that this information will be kept confidential to those who ‘need to know’ and securely stored. If you do have convictions this does not mean that you will be considered unsuitable, usually this would only apply if a person has convictions for offences against children or offences of serious violence.

No checks will be undertaken without your agreement and you will receive a copy of the check.

If you have any concerns or would like further information about checks, please discuss these with Headteacher.

A full copy of Volunteer Guidelines can be requested from the School office.

Please contact the school office if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

All volunteers are required to attend a short training/briefing session.