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.
If I have a criminal record can I volunteer?
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.
Do I have to pay for a DBS check?
|Type of Credit||Price|
|DBS checking service for volunteers (Standard or Enhanced)||£12|
How do I arrange a DBS check?
You will normally contact the hosting church that you will be volunteering with. However, if they are unable to conduct DBS checks please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be able to advise you on the way to proceed.
What is an ‘Enhanced’ DBS check?
This is the type of DBS check that you’ll need to apply for – it’s for volunteers who are regular or close contact with vulnerable people, or who have access to personal confidential records about vulnerable people.
- Enhanced checks: These are suitable for eligible roles where the applicant will be working/volunteering with children, young people and/or vulnerable groups. An enhanced check will show any unspent convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands along with any spent convictions and cautions that are not eligible for filtering. Intelligence held by the police may also be included if the Police reasonably believe it is pertinent to a recruitment decision.