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Organizational Standards For Volunteer Involvement





Screening is an essential process undertaken for the duration of a volunteer's involvement with the organization. Screening procedures apply to all volunteer roles with no exceptions and are based on the risk of the activities involved with each role; individuals do not determine screening. Screening should be viewed as evidence that the organization cares about its programs and its people. 

  • A clearly communicated and transparent screeing process, which is aligned with the risk management approach, is adopted and consistently applied by the organization. (See Volunteer Canada's Ten Steps of Screening).
  • Screening is considered to be an essiential process that continues throughout the volunteer's involvement with the organization.
  • Policies relating to screening practices are developed, adopted, and clearly communicated to staff and volunteers. All screening practices are updated to reflect current standards and applicable legislation. 
  • Diverse screening strategies and tools are used.
  • All volunteer roles are assessed for level of risk. The assessment is based on the role, not the individual in the role. 
  • Appropriate screening tools are used according to the level of risk of the role. 
  • Once defined, screening practices are applied consistently with no exceptions. 


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