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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

Some important information about our DBS services

We are unable to carry out a DBS check for an individual who is not volunteering/ working for an organisation/ company that is not registered with ourselves.

It is the responsibility of the organisation/ company to have checked the eligibility regarding the role and the barred list entitlement.

We do not offer a drop in service for DBS. Currently the service is by appointment only.

It is important to have all the necessary identification documents at the time of the appointment, full details of which can be found here.

As of 2021 new payment requirements are in place:

For VANEL member organisations:
With immediate effect DBS check invoices will be raised on the same day DBS checks are completed. Payment needs be made to VANEL not later than 10 working days after the invoice date.

For non-VANEL member organisations:
With immediate effect DBS check invoices will be raised on the same day as a DBS appointment is made. Payment needs to made prior to the DBS check being completed with the client.

Thank you for your assistance. Please note that DBS requires us to pay them on the same day as the DBS documentation is submitted to their offices for processing.

What is a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) Umbrella Body?

We offer the facility here at Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire (VANEL) for you to have your staff/volunteers DBS checked.  We are a registered umbrella body for DBS which means that we are able to provide you with the relevant application forms and are authorised to confirm and sign off applicant’s identification.

What does the DBS do?

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.

Who can we offer this service to?

Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire offers this service to all organisations whose staff/ volunteers meet the eligibility criteria for a DBS check. Information about eligibility can be found by either calling us or visiting the DBS pages on the Governments website here.

It is good practice to have all staff/volunteers DBS checked if they come into contact with children and young people or vulnerable adults in order to minimise the possibility of employing somebody who is unsuitable.

How much does it cost?

Enhanced Check Paid Worker, £70

Enhanced Check Volunteer, £15

Please see notes at top of page about how this is invoiced.

How much time will it take?

It will take approximately fifteen minutes to attend an initial appointment in order to register your organisation/ company for DBS checks with Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire.  After this, the individual applicants will need to attend a brief appointment, lasting approximately 30 minutes, with an authorised signatory at Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire in order to complete the application form and to verify  the applicant’s identification.

DBS Update Service

The DBS update service was introduced for new checks from Monday 17th June 2013. For more information see the news article here or see the applicant guide or the employer’s guide

Other important documents and information

Some important documents you and your organisation might need to refer to:

This contains all the rules defining what is Regulated Activity with the Children’s workforce based on current legislation.

This is the same as the above document but for the Adult workforce.

This leaflet contains some of the information in the Adult workforce guide but applied to roles commonly found in the Charitable sector.

This leaflet contains examples of roles commonly found in the voluntary sector, which are working with children.

How do I find out more? Next steps

For more information on how to access the Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checking service, contact:

Liz Dugard

Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire (VANEL)
82 Grimsby Road
North East Lincolnshire
DN35 7DP

Telephone: 01472 231123