Screening and checking volunteers

IMPORTANT: There has been significant changes to the DBS services, which have recently come into effect. These changes are not yet reflected in the information below. Please visit for the most up-to-date information on current requirements and other guidance.

If you are involving volunteers in working with children and young people and/or vulnerable adults you will need to look carefully at the role and determine the need for additional screening and checking.

For up to date information on when to get a DBS Disclosure we recommend downloading the Volunteering England information sheet