You’ll notice that for many of our projects you’re required to obtain something called a DBS. Without the DBS check, you won’t be able to start on your project if it requires that you have one.
- A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) is a government check to see if you have any criminal convictions in the UK.
- International students will also require a criminal background check from their home country.
- More about international criminal background checks can be found here.
- Volunteers workings on a project with children/vulnerable adults require a criminal background check by law.
- Ensures safety of our beneficiaries and volunteers.
- Makes a safe and comfortable environment.
- DBS checks for volunteers are free.
- Pick up a form from the Volunteering Office, which is situated in the Skills Hub on the 2nd floor of the Students’ Union.
- Make sure you have all the required documentation and then come along to one of our DBS surgery sessions.
- Download our document checklist.
- You can also read about documents you’ll need here.
- The sooner you start the process the better.
- Checks take from 2-8 weeks after they are sent off.
- You won’t be able to start on a DBS project without your DBS.
- To get your DBS checked and sent off you must attend a DBS surgery with us. Dates, times and locations of these are below.