if you decide that you still want to organise a response from the church, the following guidance is intended to assist you in safely planning activities, supporting and recruiting volunteers and ensuring everyone is as safe as possible.
Please note that whatever you decide all volunteers will need to be safely recruited.
1. Risk assess the activity with an emphasis on infection control and safeguarding those most vulnerable. Have a clear role description for volunteers and ensure they know whom they report to. Do not offer personal care even to church members.
2. You need to work out whether some of the work required involves direct contact with vulnerable adults for which appropriate DBS checks will be needed or indirect contact for which a DBS would not be needed. Making up a food parcel/doing shopping for someone self isolating and delivering that food parcel/shopping and leaving it on their doorstep would not require a DBS but transactions involving money would require a DBS.
3. The latest guidance of the National Safeguarding Team on DBS checks is as follows:
People with an existing DBS issued by the church should only volunteer with the same group of people that their DBS covers (child or adult).
People known to the church already who wish to become volunteers can only do so for activities that do not need a DBS, even if they have a DBS from another organisation, unless they are personally registered with the update service and can show you the evidence. They can however apply for a DBS from the church following the safer recruitment process.
People who are not known to the church already cannot be safely recruited and therefore cannot be accepted as volunteers.
If you have any questions or need any clarification about this please consult the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.
4. Ensure you have a clear policy instructing volunteers to follow current NHS, Public Health and Government advice if they suspect they have symptoms or come into contact with someone with or showing symptoms of coronavirus.
5. Ensure volunteers know who to contact in an emergency, that might be a medical or safeguarding concern.
6. Check with your insurers that you will be covered for any new activities which intend to support the community due to the coronavirus.
7. Ensure that the lone worker policy is followed – tell someone where and when you are going and when you get back, carry a charged mobile phone, make a note of who you have visited, when you visited and whether you had any particular concerns.