Volunteer Screening Best Practices
The Best Practices in Volunteer Screening Program aims to ensure appropriate volunteer screening policies and practices are in place in organizations that serve vulnerable populations. The Program provides education and one-on-one support to local community benefit organizations about the appropriate use of volunteer screening tools.
Non-profit and charitable organizations can apply to become part of the program and, if eligible, will be able to obtain free Police Records Checks for their volunteers who work with vulnerable populations. Funded by the City of Guelph, this program is based on a model that has been successfully operating in Alberta since 2009.
In order to participate in the Best Practices in Volunteer Screening Program, organizations must meet ALL of the following criteria:
- Be a member in good standing of the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington
- Be a registered non-profit or charitable organization
- Perform a community service in the City of Guelph
- Involve volunteers who work in eligible roles
- For more detailed information about eligibility, click on the FAQ document in the list of resources below.
What You Need Before You Begin:
- Your organization’s Volunteer Screening Policy and Procedure (if your organization does not have a policy or procedure see the ‘Policy Development Tool’ in the list of resources below).
- Descriptions of the volunteer positions in your organization that involve volunteers in eligible roles (see “Eligible Role” description in FAQ document in the list of resources below)
- General information about your organization, including your charitable/not-for-profit business number, client description and services provided.
What to Expect:
- Complete the online application with the information required.
- You will receive a copy of your completed application in an email; keep a copy for your records.
- The Program Coordinator will review your application and will provide a results report (via email) if clarification is needed or the application is incomplete.
- The Program Coordinator will send a letter of approval (via email) once your application is approved. At this point, you will receive an authorization number for each position that is deemed ‘eligible’.
- You will be advised to create a letter for your volunteers with the names of the positions and authorization numbers to take to the Guelph Police Station when they are requesting a Police Records Check. This number will allow the volunteer to receive a Police Records Check without a fee.
- Guelph Police Service: Obtaining a PRC in Guelph
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Volunteer Screening Tools: Police Records Checks
- Volunteer Screening Policy Development Tool
- Policy Development for your Volunteer Program
- Volunteer Role Design
- Sample Letter for Volunteers
- Understanding Police Records Check
- LEARN – UPDATED Guidelines for Police Record Checks
- 2012 Edition of the Volunteer Screening Handbook
- Best Practices Guidelines for Volunteer Screening
- Volunteer Canada Screening Main Page