Recent safeguarding communication
An email or letter will be sent to all volunteers over the next week with regards to the safeguarding policy and changes we have recently made.
You may recall we reviewed and updated our safeguarding policy earlier this year to ensure it is fit for purpose and aligned with other charities, this meant some changes to our volunteer application form. The significant difference is that from the beginning of March we have been asking all volunteer applicants whether they have an unspent conviction. A full copy of our volunteering safeguarding policy can be found in the Whittle library.
This communication that has been sent out is asking any existing volunteers that joined before the new application became live whether they have an unspent conviction, and to share the details with us if they do. There is a secure inbox to provide this information to us which is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unsure what we are classing as an unspent conviction please visit the government website for the definition.
We are aware that this is a very sensitive subject; some people may object to being asked for this information, especially those that have been volunteering for some time. Any information that is shared with us would only be used in consideration of suitability for the volunteer role that you are currently doing and does not necessarily mean that you will be unable to continue volunteering with us. The safety of you and anyone else who visits our sites or takes part in Woodland Trust activity is of upmost importance to us.
If you have any questions regarding this subject please do either comment below, send us an email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively if you would like to talk to us you can call Paul Taylor directly on 07505105079
Thank you in advance for your understanding.