Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers to make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with children and other vulnerable groups.  The DBS replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

About: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about

Pershore Volunteer Centre is a registered body that can help not-for-profit organisations to apply for a DBS check when recruiting volunteers and employees.

We support recruiting organisations to decide which of their roles require DBS checks to be carried out and which are exempt.

We also manage the process for the recruiting organisation:

  • supporting the volunteer/employee to provide appropriate documentation and complete the DBS form accurately;
  • submitting the form to an authorised counter signatory;
  • tracking the application and advising on progress;
  • helping individuals and organisations to use the DBS Update Service.

DBS Update Service

The online DBS update service allows applicants to keep their DBS certificates up-to-date (with annual reminders). It also enables their current employer and any future employers to check the currency of a a DBS certificate, with the individual’s permission.  We advise and help everyone who has a DBS carried out to apply to the update service.  https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Charges for DBS checks 

The Disclosure and Barring Service charges £44 for checks relating to paid employees. They do not charge for checks relating to volunteer roles. The costs relating to a DBS check are usually met by the recruiting organisation.

Our fee for meeting the applicant, processing the paperwork prior to sending it to the DBS and tracking the application is £15/person (whether a volunteering or a paid role).  This fee is not passed on to the volunteer.

Organisations that take out membership with Pershore Volunteer Centre benefit from lower rates of £10/person (plus the standard £44 for paid employees)

Membership of Pershore Volunteer Centre costs £12/calendar year. To become a member and take advantage of the reduced member rate please register by completing and submitting our online membership registration form.

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