DBS Checks for Charities

Whether you work on the recruitment team for a charity or are an individual applying for a voluntary position, you may be wondering what the process is for background checks.

DBS checks for charities are often necessary due to the sensitive nature of the sector.

It is especially crucial as a safeguarding measure for those charities working with children or other vulnerable groups.

Do volunteers need DBS checks?

If a volunteer will be working directly with children or any other vulnerable group, they will need an enhanced DBS check.

The charity will, therefore, need to verify the volunteer DBS check application form on behalf of the volunteer, as only basic DBS checks are available for individual applications.

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Do charity staff need DBS checks?

Charity staff may also need DBS checks depending on the scope of their work. If their role involves direct contact with vulnerable adults or children, an enhanced DBS check is usually required. This could include even those employees with more limited contact, such as the driver of a children’s bus.

Any charity trustees may also need to apply for a DBS check, depending on the nature of the charity.

What is the cost of DBS checks for charities?

Volunteers may need to pay for the administration fee of their own DBS checks, however the DBS will not charge a fee. If you are applying to work for a charity in a paid capacity, you may need to pay for your own DBS check.

There is also no DBS fee for the charity getting the volunteer DBS checks done. Organisations will just need to pay a small administration fee under their chosen umbrella company.

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What information does an enhanced DBS check for volunteers disclose?

The enhanced DBS check application will reveal any spent and unspent convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands on an individual’s record. Charities can also find out whether the applicant is on any barred lists for working with children or vulnerable adults.

What about those staff and volunteers not working directly with any vulnerable people?

If an individual applying for a charity is not eligible for a standard DBS or enhanced DBS check as their role doesn’t require it, a charity can ask them to get a basic DBS check done if they choose. This will reveal only any unspent convictions.



Not sure which type of DBS check you need or confused about the application process? If you have any questions or would like more information, you can get in touch with our team of friendly DBS experts!