The legal position of volunteers can look like a complex issue. It's not surprising that volunteer managers are often concerned about where they stand. This session gives an overview of key legal topics. The language is kept as plain as possible, and the focus is on practical application of the law - that is, where problems can arise and how to avoid them. It will cover:
• A summary of the overall legal position of volunteers
• How to avoid creating an employment relationship with volunteers
• The Equality Act
• Health and safety
• Safeguarding and Criminal Record Checks
• Issues for specific groups - benefits claimants, younger/older people, non-UK citizens
• have increased confidence in their legal position as volunteer managers
• be aware of their duty of care towards volunteers and service-users
• understand how to create and express volunteer roles that avoid creating contractual relationships
This training will be led by Mark Restall.
Mark has worked in the field of volunteer management for over 15 years. He has been freelancing for 8 years, working with a wide range of organisations, from volunteer-led museums to national charities. In addition he has worked in volunteering infrastructure at a national and local level, spending many years at Volunteering England developing and disseminating good practice advice, and in similar roles at Volunteer Centres. Mark has written several publications, including Volunteers and the Law.