DBS Checks for Volunteers

Do you need to check your volunteers?

Eligibility is very important when applying for a standard or enhanced check and you need to be completely sure applicants meet the qualifying criteria.

If you apply for the wrong level of check, not only does it make the process a lot more time consuming as you will need to re-apply for the right level, but it can also result in the Disclosure and Barring Service taking legal action against you. This applies for both paid and voluntary positions.

The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) have recently reported an increase of organisations submitting applications for individuals who don’t actually qualify for a Volunteer DBS check. Before considering submitting a check for a volunteer, you should risk assess your volunteering roles. This will help you identify if your volunteers are in a regulated activity

What is a regulated activity?
Activity for working with adults?
  • Providing health care (inc counselling and psychotherapy) Providing social work Providing personal care (washing, dressing, feeding etc).
  • Providing legal advocacy Managing or spending a person’s money (due to their incapacity).
  • Conveyance of a person (driving, escorting etc….in a role) due to their incapacity.
  • Directly managing a person in a regulated activity
Regulated Activities for working with children are:

All of the above, plus:

  • Registered foster carers
  • Registered childminders
  • Caring, teaching, training, supervising or advising on a regular basis (more than 3 times in a 30-day period or overnight)

See our recruit and select factsheet and templates – click here