This page will be updated as and when new guidelines are published.

Updated 5th Nove 2020


Updated coronavirus volunteering guidelines for volunteers and Voluntary sector. 

Thursday 5 November – Summary of new updates to GOV.UK coronavirus volunteering guidance

Existing GOV.UK coronavirus volunteering guidance pages Coronavirus: How to help safely and Coronavirus (COVID-19) volunteering have been updated in line with the tougher restrictions which came into force from today (5 November) following the Prime Minister’s announcement.

Where possible, people should volunteer from home. If they cannot do so, they can volunteer outside their home if they follow the social distancing guidance and no-one in their household has symptoms of coronavirus or has tested positive for coronavirus.

People over the age of 60 and those who are clinically vulnerable do not face any specific restrictions on volunteering and should follow the same guidelines as above. However, as this group could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus, they may need additional support to follow social distancing rules and minimise contact with others.

Clinically extremely vulnerable people can volunteer from home, however, they are advised not to volunteer outside their home.

Where volunteers are able to volunteer outside their home (see above) they can:

·  meet in groups of any size indoors or outdoors while volunteering

·  travel to volunteer or while volunteering

Volunteer-involving organisations must ensure their workplaces meet coronavirus safety standards.


Post- pandemic Self Assessment Framework

As the voluntary, community and faith sector start to think about the move from lockdown to rebooting and renewal, it can be helpful to reflect on our organisational response to the crisis, the current situation and our perceptions of the future to feel more confident about facing the next phase.  Post-pandemic, many organisations do not anticipate returning to “business as usual” but are looking beyond recovery to redesign and reform.  ACEVO has developed a self-assessment framework for recovery to help the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector. This document is a work in progress and will be updated, so if you are looking at areas we haven’t covered, please let us know by emailing info@acevo.org.uk

Click here to download the ACEVO-Self-assessment-framework


Safeguarding Factsheet: Community volunteers during COVID-19 outbreak

This factsheet is designed to address specific concerns that people involved in supporting their community may have at this time. Read the full guidelines here.


COVID-19: Changes to DBS ID checking guidelines

Temporary changes to ID checking guidelines are being made as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Due to current measures that have been put in place as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, we’re aware that organisations are having difficulty following the DBS ID checking guidance.

Currently, when validating ID documents, it is best practice to carry the examination out face-to-face with a live video link as an alternative method. Under the current guidance, the ID checker must be in physical possession of the original documents so they can be checked for indicators of fraud.

As the public is being advised to work from home where possible, this is causing difficulties in receiving the physical documents and is delaying applications, and in some cases, preventing applications from being submitted.

To ensure that the necessary DBS checks can still be carried out, the DBS ID checking guidance will be changed for a temporary period.

The change will enable:

The applicant will be required to present the original versions of these documents when they first attend their employment or volunteering role.

The change will come into effect from today, 24 March 2020.

Please ensure that you follow the advice on GOV.UK around checking identity documents for indicators of fraud, which can be found here.

You can download the full guidelines here

For more information about the changes, please contact customerservices@dbs.gov.uk.