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 requests that all our volunteers have an Enhanced DBS, PVG, or AccessNI background check.

England and Wales

The quickest and easiest way to get a DBS check is to apply through a third-party company called Onfido. Code Club can support you through the process.

  • complete a simple form online
  • upload your identification documents
  • check is processed very quickly

Please note that there is a processing fee to pay of £16. 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 check through the venue at which you are volunteering, or via the STEM Ambassador scheme.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, you can apply for an enhanced AccessNI check through your local Volunteer Centre or through a local umbrella body, or go see AccessNI directly for more information. Alternatively, you can apply via the STEM Ambassador scheme.

STEM Ambassadors

If you are interested in STEM volunteering opportunities across 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 your ambassadorship.

  • apply to be an Ambassador online
  • Complete DBS form
  • Present DBS form and ID at STEM Ambassador induction session

The frequency of STEM Ambassador induction sessions varies from area to area, so it may take longer to get a background check via this route
Find out more about STEM Ambassadors.

If you already have a DBS Statement

If you already have a DBS, PVG, or AccessNI check, that’s great - go right ahead! You will need to show the statement to the Club Host before you start volunteering.

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