Okay, let's talk about something important - DBS checks. You might also know them as Disclosure and Barring Service checks. These checks are a key part of managing volunteers and making sure everyone is safe. Here at Volunteero we understand just how important it is to keep everyone involved in volunteering secure. That's why we think DBS checks are so important - they play a huge role in making sure everyone is protected. So, let's dive in! In this blog, we'll take you on a tour of everything you need to know about DBS checks for volunteering, covering it all from what they are to how they work and everything in between.
A DBS check is a criminal record check that provides information on an individual's criminal history. It includes details on any convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings held on the Police National Computer (PNC) as well as the Children's and Vulnerable Adults' Barred Lists.
Not only are they important, DBS checks are essential for volunteering; particularly when working with children, vulnerable adults and in positions of trust. By performing a DBS check, organisations can identify any potential risks and make informed decisions about who to appoint as a volunteer.
It's up to each organisation to determine who requires a DBS check, depending on their specific needs and requirements. It’s recommended that all volunteers in positions of trust as well as those working with children or vulnerable adults undergo a DBS check.
The answer to this question depends on the nature of the work the charity volunteer will be performing. If the volunteer will be working with children, vulnerable adults, or in positions of trust, it is recommended that they undergo a DBS check. It is up to each charity to determine who requires a DBS check, depending on their specific needs and requirements
It is the responsibility of the charity to pay for the DBS checks of its volunteers. Some umbrella bodies however do offer discounted DBS checks for charities, so it's worth checking with them in case there are any savings that can be made.
There are three types of DBS checks: Basic, Standard, and Enhanced. The type of DBS check required depends on the role and responsibilities of the volunteer:
The processing time for a DBS check varies, but on average, it takes around two weeks to receive the results. In some cases it may take longer, especially if additional information is required.
In conclusion, DBS checks are an important aspect of volunteer management, helping to ensure the safety and security of those involved in volunteering. We hope this guide has provided you with a comprehensive understanding of DBS checks for volunteering and the importance they play in this field.