Working Safely with Children

Code Clubs should be a creative, fun and safe place for children to learn.

Background Checks

As part of our commitment to keeping children in our clubs safe, Code Club request that all our volunteers obtain a background check.

For volunteers in England and Wales, that means an Enhanced DBS Check. For volunteering in Scotland, you will need to apply for the PVG scheme and in Northern Ireland you will need an Access NI check.

England and Wales

The quickest and easiest way is to apply a third party company called GB Group and Code Club can support you through the process.

Please note that there is a processing fee to pay of £17.40. You'll find instructions on how to get started with this when you register as a volunteer.

Scotland

If you live in Scotland, you can apply for your PVG through the venue that you are volunteering at, or via the STEM Ambassador Scheme.

Northern Ireland

Apply for an enhanced AccessNI through your local Volunteer Centre, through a local umbrella body or see AccessNI directly for more information.

Alternatively, you can apply via the STEM Ambassador Scheme.

STEM Ambassadors

If you are interested in other STEM volunteering opportunities across the whole of the UK, you can become a STEM Ambassador.

STEM Ambassadors is a volunteering programme for STEM professionals and those with a personal interest in STEM subjects. You can volunteer for Code Club as part of being a STEM Ambassador.

  • apply to be an Ambassador online
  • attend STEM induction session in person
  • complete DBS form and present ID at this session

The frequency of STEM induction sessions vary from area to area, so this option will take longer.

Find out more about STEM Ambassadors.

If you already have a DBS Statement

If you already have a DBS statement, go right ahead! You will need to show it to the Club Host when you start the club.

Guidelines on Safeguarding

Code Clubs should be a creative, fun and safe place for children to learn. Code Club are committed to following best practice when it comes to safeguarding and we do all we can to make sure that our volunteers know how to protect themselves and the children they work with.

For Volunteers

If you are volunteering at a club, there are 2 really important things you will need to do before you get started:

  • Obtain a DBS check
  • Complete Code Club's Training

You can do this online, or at one of our training sessions around the country. This is so we know you have the facts about keeping children safe.

As a Code Club volunteer, you should:

  • Never be left alone with young people
  • Take care not to have physical contact with young people attending the club
  • Do not take or share photos of your club without appropriate permission
  • Do not make personal contact with children, via social media or otherwise
  • Ask for a copy of the venue’s Child Protection or Safeguarding policy and familiarise yourself with the contents

As an adult working with children, you have a duty to report anything that concerns you about a child in your club. Should you have a concern or if a child in your club discloses information that concerns you, you should raise the matter immediately with a member of staff at the club venue, who will guide you on appropriate next steps.

For Club Hosts

We ask all of our volunteers to obtain a DBS check. All Code Club volunteers receive basic safeguarding guidance before they start.

It is your responsibility to do the following to safeguard the volunteer and the children you are working with:

  • Check the volunteer’s DBS document when you first meet to plan the club
  • Make sure that the volunteer is accompanied by a member of staff at all times whilst on site.

Talking to us

We take safeguarding issues extremely seriously.

If you have a concern about a child or about one of our volunteers you can contact Sarah Sheerman-Chase at safeguarding@codeclub.org.uk or on 07958 592 742.

You can also read our Child Protection Policy and Safeguarding Reporting Procedure