Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks (formerly CRB Checks)
The DBS service check provides information about a volunteer’s criminal history. DBS checks form a part of the wider volunteer safeguarding process and careful consideration should be given to whether it is necessary to conduct a check or whether other safeguarding measures provide adequate protection. Only certain posts and activities are eligible for checks and DBS checks should not be used simply as a ‘just in case’ box ticking exercise. The flow charts which can be downloaded at the bottom of the page aim to help organisations determine whether a check is required. If you would like more information about volunteer safeguarding processes please contact the Volunteer Centre.
Where to obtain DBS checks for your volunteers
If you identify that your volunteer will be engaging in a regulated activity and it is appropriate to obtain a DBS check you can approach one of the registered umbrella bodies who process checks for the voluntary sector. This service is currently provided free for volunteers but you will be charged an administration fee. If you are a member of Young Lancashire they will be able to provide you with this service. Alternatively, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale CVS are able to offer the service with a £13 administration charge for each check – for more information, email or ring Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale CVS who will send you out a pack and explain the process to you.