When working with a charity, it is of high importance that that staff are DBS checked to ensure they are suitable to work with both children and adults.
The Charity Commission recommends that DBS checks should be obtained for trustees of charities that work with children. They would require an Enhanced DBS check in the child workforce.
If the trustee also undertakes additional Regulated Activity roles for the charity, they can apply for an Enhanced DBS check with a check of the Children’s Barred List.
If you work or volunteer for a charity and as part of your role you undertake Regulated Activity with children, you will require an Enhanced DBS check with a check of the Children’s Barred List.
Work under (1) or (2) is regulated activity only if done regularly: “regularly” is defined as once a week or more often, on four or more days in a 30-day period or overnight.
People that provide unsupervised day-to-day management or supervision of a person carrying out regulated activity relating to children is also in regulated activity.
Some examples of these roles are:
DBS checks for charity workers can vary, and when working with adults, there are several circumstances which can require different types of DBS checks. Read below to find out more.
Charity trustees can be asked to apply for an Enhanced DBS check in the adult workforce if the charity workers or volunteers include those who carry out work that falls into the legal definition of ‘work with adults’.
Anyone working or volunteering for a charity whose job or volunteering role is providing Regulated Activity with Adults must apply an Enhanced DBS Check on the adult workforce with a check of the Adult Barred List.
Anyone working in retail, such as charity shops, can apply for a Basic DBS check, regardless of who they are working with. This can be applied for directly with the DBS.
If the service purely relates to delivering something (even if it involves entering the house), people in this role could only be asked to apply for a Basic DBS check. This can be applied for directly with the DBS.
At eSafeguarding we pride ourselves on our quick and easy DBS processing systems. Also, we will validate data as soon as the information is entered, with applicants being prompted to correct invalid information as they go. This ensures that there are no missed fields, no mistakes, and no returns.
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