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DBS Checks for Volunteers

DBS checks for volunteers can be conducted at both a standard and enhanced level depending on the level of detail required for a position that is unpaid. An individual cannot apply for a volunteer DBS check for themselves, only an organisation or charity that person is voluntarily working for can apply for a check. 


Do I qualify for a Volunteer DBS (CRB) check?

In order to apply for a Volunteer DBS check, a person must not:

  • Receive any payment (with the exception of travel and approved out-of-pocket expenses)
  • Be on a placement
  • Be on a course that requires them to do this role
  • Be in a trainee position that will lead to a full-time role or qualification

Here's further guidance on the eligibility for DBS checks for volunteers;


The Definition of a Volunteer

The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) Regulations 2002 defines a volunteer as:

“A Person who is engaged in any activity which involves spending time, unpaid, doing something which aims to benefit some third party other than, or in addition to, a close relative.”

At Personnel Checks we offer a reduced cost for Volunteer DBS checks of just £18.00 per person (including VAT). The price of the application for a Volunteer check is free from the DBS (CRB), we simply charge a small administration fee for processing the application on the organisation’s behalf.


Can I Apply for a Volunteer DBS (CRB) Check?

DBS checks for volunteers can only be applied for by the Organisation or Charity that the individual is working for. Individuals cannot apply for Volunteer DBS checks on themselves.

If you would like further information on how to apply for DBS checks for volunteers in your organisation, contact Personnel Checks today on 01254 355688.