Safer recruitment – The DBS check (formerly CRB)

The majority of people who want to work or volunteer with children within sport are well motivated and without them sports clubs and organisations could not operate.

Unfortunately some individuals are not appropriate to work with children and young people. It is therefore essential that you have effective recruitment and selection procedures for staff/volunteers to help screen out those who are not suitable to join your club/organisation.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) informs employers and organisations if someone is barred from undertaking paid or voluntary work with children or vulnerable adults The barring decision will be made by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was formed in December 2012 when the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) and ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority) were merged. Since then criminal records checks have been undertaken by the DBS, which issues DBS certificates in place of the original CRB disclosures.

You can find more information on the use of DBS checks through the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit.

Most National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGB’s) can process DBS checks on behalf of their clubs and associations. Please contact your NGB for more information. Alternatively, to discuss your club’s DBS requirements you can also contact Mark Stokes, Children and Young People Development Manager on 01296 5855204 or via e-mail