Volunteers, DBS & Criminal Records

Understand how criminal record checks and the disclosure and barring service ( previously CRB checks) impact on recruiting and working with Volunteers.

Understand and follow good practice help to keep service users safe

Many community groups and voluntary organisations run services for children and vulnerable adults for which it is important to safeguard children and adults against abuse and neglect. Volunteers are often involved in this activity. The big question for those employing volunteers is when and how should the volunteers criminal records be checked.

This one day workshop covers all the common issues and questions and provides easy to understand advice and guidance to help with the decision making.

Most organisations that work with vulnerable people are eligible to use the government’s Disclosure and Barring checking service (DBS) (formerly called the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checking service) to check your volunteers’ criminal record. This is covered on the course with appropriate advice given on how to take any action after the training has been completed.

The workshop provides information about how, and in what circumstances, you can request DBS checks for volunteers, how to use the information you receive, and in what circumstances you should share information or concerns about volunteers with the DBS.

For Whom
This workshop is for all those who provide support or services to vulnerable adults and/or children

Aims and Objectives
The overarching aim of this one-day training workshop is to swiftly impart to participants how to check whether prospective volunteers have a criminal record which makes them unsuitable for running particular activities and services for your organisation.


The workshop includes:-

  • DBS checking
  • Guide to Safeguarding and child protection
  • The DBS Code of Practice
  • What is meant by regulated activity?
  • What is DBS checking?
  • Who must have a DBS check?
  • Checks from a local police station
  • Using an existing CRB / DBS certificate
  • Who is eligible for a DBS check?
  • Children and vulnerable adults
  • Using disclosure information
  • Reporting to the DBS
  • The DBS disclosure process
  • Umbrella bodies
  • Useful sources of information about safeguarding and child protection