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DBS Checks for Volunteers

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers and charitable organisations make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.

It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

It is the responsibility of any voluntary organisation to have their volunteers checked this always depends on the eligibility regarding the role and the barred list entitlement. Each organisation will know if the volunteer role you are going to carry out meets the eligibility criteria.The organisation will then tell you what their process is. It involves providing certain pieces of ID and completing a form. Some organisations carry out the DBS process themselves, or you may even be directed to us here at VANEL, as we are an umbrella organisation who carries acts on behalf of smaller groups.

The Disclosure and Barring Service checks the applicant’s identity details first. It then checks lists held by the Police, Department for Education and Skills, and Department of Health. In addition an Enhanced Disclosure could contain ‘soft’ information about warnings, suspicions, investigations and unproven allegations.