Colleges urged to take more responsibility for student volunteers

Volunteering England points to 'lack of support' to ensure their safety

Volunteering England has urged sixth-form colleges to introduce stricter measures to protect students who volunteer.

In a new report, Safeguarding Student Volunteering, the charity says colleges should vet organisations in which their students volunteer and screen students to make sure they are suited to the placements.

Andrea Grace Rannard, student volunteering manager at Volunteering England, said there had been a lack of support to ensure student safety during volunteering placements.

"The Government is encouraging more students to volunteer because there are fewer jobs available at the moment," she said. "Colleges often assume it's the responsibility of the volunteer-involving organisation to make sure the volunteer is safe, but we feel strongly that colleges should be doing more," she said.

Volunteering England has also appointed Baroness Joan Hanham, Conservative shadow Home Office minister and a former chair of the England Volunteering Development Council, as its new president.

She will replace Baroness Jill Pitkeathley and will act as a public advocate for voluntary action.

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