Character references

An applicant should be expected to supply the names of two referees (not family members) who will testify as to their character, their suitability to the role of employee/volunteer, or any other issues which may affect their ability to perform the tasks required of them. At least one referee should have first-hand knowledge of the applicant’s previous work or contact with children.


An acceptable reference will indicate that the person is known to the referee and is considered suitable by them to work with young people. All references should be received in writing and later confirmed by telephone, letter or personal visit. Any additional information should be attached to the application form. If the applicant volunteered in your sector previously, then ideally one of these names should be that of an administrator/leader from the last organisation they were involved with.

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