Employing voluntary staff

Employing young volunteers


It's common for businesses to use young volunteers for part-time volunteering or for volunteering during school holidays.

There are no specific restrictions on volunteering by young people in not-for-profit organisations. However, you should follow the working-time rules that apply to regular employees.

You should ensure that young people are afforded protection. You can also download Volunteer Now's guidance on involving under 18s as volunteers (PDF, 262K).

Volunteers and voluntary workers are not entitled to the NMW - see National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage - volunteers and voluntary workers.

Insurance for young people

If you use volunteers who are under 16, you must ensure that your employer's liability and public liability insurance policies cover young workers and volunteers under the age of 16.