All projects within Warwick Volunteers contain elements of risk for volunteers and service users alike. Both groups are vulnerable and protection needs to be in place in order to minimise risk and liability. Screening volunteers through criminal records checks is one of the initial ways in which Warwick Volunteers can begin to address issues regarding duty of care. All volunteers will receive appropriate guidance and training on working with their client group, so that they can protect themselves from potential risk/allegations.
This outlines your rights and responsibilities as a volunteer, so you know what you can expect from us and what we expect from you.
We are committed to ensuring that no volunteer is left ‘out of pocket’ as a result of volunteering. We will reimburse all reasonable expenses incurred by volunteers on a Warwick Volunteers project. We also check that external organsiations who recruit through us pay expenses. However, if they don't pay expenses but offer something different which we know students like e.g. heritage and culture voluteering, we will still let you know about the opportunity but will be clear that expenses are not reimbursed so you can make a decision.
We support students to volunteer in the areas in which they are living during term time. We recognise that in some cases volunteers will need to travel to access volunteering opportunities. We are committed to ensuring travel requirements are considered before a project is listed, and that volunteers are not left out of pocket.
From time to time we need to take photographs or videos (images) of volunteering activities. Images may be used for purposes which put the image in the public domain. Our policy is to obtain permission for all images, prior to that image being taken, as we are often unable to identify individuals in the shot to obtain permission at a later date. The methods used to obtain consent and the way we store images is set out in this policy.
Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is everyone’s responsibility; everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action. This document provides guidelines on what you should do to keep children and vulnerable adults safe from abuse and neglect.