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Enhance your organization’s screening practices to maximize participation, protection, and privacy for your volunteers, staff, and clients.

VSP Education and Training is here to help.


With support from the Government of Alberta, the Volunteer Screening Program (VSP) includes education and training opportunities for Alberta’s nonprofit sector. Enhance the work you are currently doing, maximize volunteer engagement strategies in your organization, and support a deeper understanding of volunteer screening practices.

Participate in a workshop, webinar, or forum, and access our free tools, templates, and other resources to help your organization be efficient and effective in your screening practices.

Volunteer Screening Forums

Volunteer Screening and Engagement Forum are delivered in-person across the province. Explore the issue of volunteer screening and the impact of police information checks on volunteer engagement in Alberta.

The forums include a workshop version of Screening Volunteers In. Not Out. as well as a stewardship dialogue and strategic thinking session related to the issue of volunteer screening, engagement, and police information checks.

We look at the issue through the “three P’s of screening” – participation, protection, and privacy. Using a systems thinking approach and iceberg model, we dive deep into underlying mindsets that inform volunteer screening. We explore the big picture of volunteer screening and the role that we, as nonprofit leaders, play to engage in meaningful dialogue, uncovering new considerations, and helping to guide discussions about what is important in volunteer screening and management.

Stay tuned for upcoming forums in the Capital Region, Central Alberta, and Southern Alberta in 2017.

Volunteer Screening Webinars and Learning Modules

Free volunteer screening webinars and learning modules are currently in development. Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities!

For additional screening-related learning, check out our webinar Screening Volunteers In. Not Out.

FREE Templates & Resources

Download these resources, guides, templates, and tools to help develop effective screening practices. 

10 Steps to Volunteer Screening

Volunteer Canada Handbook

Volunteer Screening

10 Steps to Screening Highlights

Volunteer Position Descriptions

How to Create a Position Description

Position Description Template

Position Description Example

Screening Worksheet – Is a Police Information Check Necessary?

Screening Worksheet Template

Screening Worksheet Examples

Hospice Client Support Volunteer

Swimming Assistant Volunteer

Swimming Assistant Volunteer (2)

ESL Conversation Circle Volunteer

ESL Conversation Circle Volunteer (2)

After School Program Volunteer

Meals on Wheels Volunteer

Volunteer Screening Terms and Definitions

Important Terms and Definitions

Risk Assessment Matrix

How to Evaluate Risk – Assessment Matrix – COMING SOON

Screening Policy Workbook

▪Screening Policy Workbook – COMING SOON

Additional Information and Resources

Volunteer Canada Screening Information and Resources

The Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement – Values, Guiding Principles, and Standards of Practice

The Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement – Audit Tool

Charity Village – ‘Criminal record checks: A valuable screening tool or a barrier to volunteering?’




















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