People volunteering or working with children or vulnerable adults are often legally required to have a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check; previously a CRB check.

Recently the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged into the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks

Where contact with vulnerable people will be limited or perhaps the person has recently been CRB checked for a different role, a decision about clearance must be made.

The Government has published guidance to help organisations that use volunteers to be clear about when they do and don't need to carry out Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks.

The guidance provides details on which roles are eligible for a DBS check, however the guidance is not exhaustive and the DBS should be contacted if you are unsure about a role; the DBS can be contacted on the following details - customerservices@dbs.gsi.gov.uk or 0870 909 0811.

All guidance can be found by clicking here.

There are three levels of DBS check and checks for eligible volunteers are free of charge. However it is advisable to implement other safeguards such as interviewing, training and taking references from potential volunteers.

You can download an applicant’s guide on how to complete application form by clicking here

Please note that sports clubs and their volunteers can also seek further guidance from their National Governing Body regarding DBS checks.

Alternatively if you have any questions please contact Jade Mackie, Club Development Manager, Tyne and Wear Sport, jade.mackie@tynewearsport.org or 0191 497 2329