Previously known as a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check, a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is a record of an individual’s Convictions, Cautions, Reprimands and Warnings and can also include intelligence held by the police and/or the DBS that relates to that individual and their suitability for a job position.
Checks for eligible volunteers are free of charge. This includes anyone who spends time helping people and is:
- not being paid (apart from for travel and other approved out of pocket expenses)
- not only looking after a close relative
An employer can only apply for a check if the job or role is eligible for one. They must tell the applicant why they’re being checked and where they can get independent advice.
A DBS check has no official expiry date. Any information included will be accurate at the time the check was carried out. It is up to an employer to decide if and when a new check is needed.
Having a criminal record doesn’t always mean you can’t volunteer with us. Many convictions will not be relevant to your volunteering with Inn Churches. We will look at what your criminal record was for, and if you would be in danger to the guests you will be volunteering with. If you have a conviction it is best to discuss this straightaway rather than waiting for the check to come through. If you have any concerns about your DBS please contact us.