Ensuring roles are suitable for volunteers and are not job substitution
It is a fundamental part of the VSMs role to advise staff on what is or isn’t acceptable with regard to volunteer placements. There are some key underpinning principles that VSMs should abide by:
- Volunteer placements should enhance not replace the work of staff
- Volunteers do not carry out personal care
- Volunteers are there to support not to lead
Further guidance which sets out a framework on which VSMs can base their decisions can be found attached.