Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks

If your group or organisation works with children or vulnerable adults, it may be necessary for paid staff and volunteers to undergo DBS (formally known as CRB) checks.
DBS checks are designed to help organisations from public, private and the voluntary sectors make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain areas of work, especially those which may involve contact with children or other vulnerable members of society.

How do I get a DBS check?

Getting a Disclosure and Barring Service Check for an employee or volunteer is straightforward, providing you go through the correct channels.
The Disclosure and Barring Service does not accept applications from organisations unless they are a "Registered Body". Some local voluntary and community groups are able to use their own regional or national structures to access checks, but many more local groups are not able to do that. These groups must access DBS checks through Umbrella Bodies.
Ashford Volunteer Centre has been registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service as an Umbrella Body since 2003.
For more information on how you can benefit from Ashford Volunteer Centre's expertise with processing DBS checks please contact us.
Please note all DBS applications require payment at time of application.
For further help, advice and support, please contact The Home Office: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/dbs