Questions around applying for DBS checks for our volunteers
What is a Disclosure?
A Disclosure is a document containing information held by police and government departments. It can be used by employers and voluntary organisations to make safer recruitment decisions. The DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) is an executive agency of the Home Office.
The Disclosure Service offers organisations a means to check the background of applicants to ensure that they do not have a history that would make them unsuitable for posts they are trying to fill.
Disclosures will provide details of a person’s criminal record including convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings held on the Police National Computer (PNC). If the position involves working with children, Disclosures will also contain details from lists of individuals known to be barred from work with vulnerable groups.
What sort of Disclosure do I need?
If you have applied for a full team member role then the DBS application that Scripture Union will need you to apply for will be an Enhanced Disclosure. An Enhanced Disclosure includes an additional check against local Police records.
How do I apply for a Disclosure?
If you require a DBS check, as part of the volunteer application process we will send you a notification email about a DBS application. A second email will be sent to you with a link to our DBS application system, if you haven’t received the second email within 24 hours of the original notification then please contact us here.
What information will I be required to include on my Disclosure form?
In completing the form you are required to include:
- Your full name, and any other name that you may have been known by
- Details of addresses where you have lived during the past five years
- Your date and place of birth
- Your national insurance number
In addition you will be required to provide personal identification documents including items such as your passport and/or driving licence.
The information requested is required by the DBS to ensure that they are able to confirm and verify your true identity and current address. You should note that in providing this service the DBS and Scripture Union are committed to compliance with the Data Protection Act. This means that any personal information submitted will be protected. For more information about Data protection please click here.