DBS checks for charities are quite common, as many organisations are required to put safeguarding measures in place. This is true for any charity working with vulnerable groups and ensures only suitable staff and volunteers are hired. If you require any assistance in setting up an account with us, please get in touch.
Level of checks for charity workers and volunteers
Employees or volunteers operating in a charity setting will be eligible for a Basic, Standard or Enhanced DBS check. However, a person’s eligibility will come down to the nature of their specific role, rather than the charity as a whole.
Anyone working closely with a vulnerable group (children or adults) will qualify for an Enhanced DBS check. In contrast, those working at a charity shop may only be required to undergo a Basic DBS check.
Who needs a DBS check in the charity sector?
Understanding who is eligible for each level of check depends on the charity’s nature and the job role in question. The charitable organisation must consider two things when making their decision:
- The nature of the charity – if the charity works with vulnerable adults or children, this is likely to affect eligibility when it comes to DBS checks.
- The nature of the role – Enhanced DBS checks, for example, can only be requested for people whose role involves regulated activity with children or/and vulnerable adults.
DBS Checks For Charity Trustees
Trustees of charities would usually be eligible for an Enhanced DBS check. This level of check will provide information about convictions (both spent and unspent) and warnings or cautions the trustee has against them.
DBS Checks For Charity Volunteers
Anyone taking on a voluntary role will also be subject to a DBS check. Even if the individual isn’t engaging in regulated activity with a vulnerable group, the charity will still have to check their DBS eligibility under government legislation.
If an applicant meets the requirements of a DBS volunteer check, the associated fee is waived.
DBS Checks For Charity Workers
There are several charity roles whereby a DBS check would be required, including: Retail workers in a charity shop, Fundraiser , Telephone helpline worker, Elderly care roles, Faith-based positions and Charity driver.
Any roles that do not include working with a vulnerable group may still require a Basic DBS check.
Why Choose Care Check For Your DBS Check?
We are a leading umbrella body for the DBS and have been identified as one of the top 15 providers for criminal record checks within the UK. We process over 85,000 checks every year and, thanks to our online process, can provide a swift service.
We are Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus accredited and all our data is held within an IOS27001 secure centre, so you know that you are safe in our hands.
Frequently asked questions about online DBS checks for charities
Regulated activity is a broad term, but this usually covers those working in close contact with vulnerable groups. For example, driving a vehicle with passengers from vulnerable groups is classed as a regulated activity.
If a volunteer or care worker does not fit the eligibility criteria for either a Standard or Enhanced DBS check, you can request a Basic DBS check. This will highlight any unspent convictions.
Charity DBS checks are free for volunteer checks, which we can process for you. However, it is worth noting that a small administration fee and VAT ranging between £5 and £10 is required.
When moving on to a different charity, whether or not you can take your current DBS certificate with you depends entirely on the role you are moving into. If any of your responsibilities have changed, that could result in your employer not having access to the level of check required to safeguard the people you will be working with.
It is also worth noting that DBS checks at any level are only accurate up to the point the certificate is issued. Therefore, additional checks need to be carried out frequently.