In order to speed up the DBS process and to give your organisation more control, we are suggesting that you perform your own DBS checks using an online provider.We’ve had recommendations for two online providers below:
- Disclosure Services (there is a £12 admin charge including VAT per check for volunteers with no charge to register)
- U-Check (there is a £14 admin charge per check including VAT for up to 50 volunteer checks with a one-off registration fee of £49 plus VAT).
This online route is far more efficient since the application is completed electronically (thus eliminating errors); the identity of the applicant is verified by the recruiting organisation and the turnaround for receiving the DBS certificate is quick (usually within a day or two of completing the online application) although this is dependent on there being no problems with the application at the police service level.
Face to Face DBS Checks
For those of you who wish to continue with face-to-face checks, Surrey Community Action can offer these for an admin fee of £9.60 but you will need to be able to travel to Guildford. For more information, please contact Amanda Channer on 01483 566072 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making DBS checks portable by subscribing to the DBS Update Service
Please remember to encourage all your volunteers to register with the Update Service to make their DBS check portable. This means that your volunteers will not have to complete another check since the online subscription held by the Update Service is updated with any new information. You will be able to access the volunteer’s Update Service subscription with their permission using their DBS certificate number. Here is the information on the DBS Update Service for employers. Please also remind your volunteers to keep their DBS certificate in conjunction with their subscription to the Update Service as this holds the information on the level of check and may be needed for reference in future.