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DBS check

Volunteers working regularly with children or vulnerable adults need to complete DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. A DBS check enables organisations to check the criminal records of employees and volunteers, in order to ascertain whether or not they are suitable to work with vulnerable adults and children.

What do I need to do?

1. Complete the online application form

You will receive login details after you have attended a training session or your Project Leader or Volunteer Co-ordinator has sent your details to us.

2. Bring your original identity documents to Student Reception in Senate House 

Your documents will be photocopied, attested and passed to Warwick Volunteers. View a list of documents you can provide.

Student Reception is open from 08.00 - 20.00 Monday to Friday and from 10.00 - 18.00 on Saturday and Sunday.

3. Join the Update Service

This will keep your DBS certificate up to date and allows organisations (with your permission) to check a certificate online in the future. This is optional but there is a time limit to register of 30 days after the certificate is issued.

More information on the Update Service

4. The DBS will send your DBS certificate to the address you listed as your current address. You will need to keep this safe as you will need to show it to the school or community organisation you are volunteering at.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

Lived overseas in the last 5 years?

Whilst a DBS check is a check of your criminal record in the UK, this cannot currently assess criminal records held overseas. Consequently if you have lived outside of the UK for more than 6 months in the past 5 years you need to obtain a criminal record check from the country(ies) where you have lived during that period. Each country gives a different name to this process, with common names including ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’, ‘Certificate of No Criminal Conviction’ and ‘National Police Check’. The process for applying for one of these checks is different in every country.

For more information, please visit the Certificate of Good Conduct page.

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Warwick Volunteers is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.