References and CRB check

We carry out an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check and obtain references for each volunteer as part of our safeguarding responsibilities. We take our commitment to safety very seriously, and it is important that anyone who is going to be spending time with young person will ensure their safety and look after them well. Only mentors who have completed a CRB check and supplied their references can go on to be matched with a young person.

For your CRB check, we will ask you to bring in some ID documents for us to photocopy and certify. You will then be sent an email with a link to complete your CRB form online. The CRB checking process can take up to three months, so we try to start early so that it doesn’t hold up the matching process once you have completed training and your home visit.

You can find out more about CRB process and the documents you need to provide on the Directgov website:

You will also be asked to supply three references. One of these must be your current or former employer (if you are self-employed, a work contact such as a client is acceptable) and two must be personal. It is helpful if you let your referees know that we will be contacting them. Your caseworker will get in touch with them to organise a phone call to discuss your application, or will arrange for them to submit a written reference.

We will let you know as soon as we have obtained full references, and when your CRB check has been completed.