Why should organisations vet volunteers?
Your event has a duty of care to its participants and it is your responsibility to consider the different levels of vetting required depending on the position being carried out by volunteers.
The purpose of vetting is to ensure the safety of society's most vulnerable, including children, older people and people with different needs. The New Zealand Police provides a vetting service for approved organisations.
What other steps can organisations can take to ensure the safety of volunteers?
Volunteers should be required to provide more than one referee and complete a disclaimer about health and convictions in your volunteer application form.
Some volunteers will require police vetting, particularly when their position involves young or vulnerable people. Seek advice from the New Zealand Police Vetting Services if you have any doubts.
You can also encourage volunteers to seek their own criminal check. The Ministry of Justice provides a free online service where you can get a copy of your criminal record.