5 February 2019
Richard Hadley, Angling Trust Coaching Centre Manager and Lead Safeguarding Officer talks you through the ins-and-outs of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks….
Making use of volunteers is a key element in offering a quality experience for your club but the need for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks can sometimes cause undue worry.
To undergo a check, you must first qualify to have one undertaken. To meet this threshold the applicant must be having “regular contact “with young people or vulnerable adults, or be spending time with them after 11.00pm at night and 6.00am – perhaps going night fishing, for example.
The term “regular contact” refers to contact more often than three times a month.
It is important also to remember that a DBS is a document confirming convictions and does not guarantee suitability. Therefore, it’s essential to check an applicant’s references at the recruitment stage – this should be incorporated in your policies and procedures.
Realise too that a conviction recorded on a DBS is not an automatic ban on working with children. Any convictions can be risk assessed and an applicant’s suitability established. Your Lead Safeguarding Officer can give you advice, especially as the content and the possession of a DBS is private. If someone is reluctant to have a DBS done, then it raises the question: “Why?”.
A DBS check processed through our Approved Coaching Centre is free for volunteers and just £48.80 if you get paid.
Angling Trust Coaching Centre Manager and Lead Safeguarding Officer
07720 974811 | firstname.lastname@example.org