Coronavirus (COVID-19) safeguarding advice for charities

We have set up a small community group, do we need to think about DBS checks for our volunteers?

The DBS and the Home Office have published a Safeguarding Factsheet, designed to address specific concerns that people involved in supporting their community may have at this time. The factsheet includes an FAQ document and covers a number of scenarios, and whether a DBS check would be needed. The factsheet and accompanying FAQ document can be found here.

We are a charity working with children and vulnerable adults.  We are worried about how we can carry out ID checks in accordance with the DBS guidance during the Coronavirus pandemic, as we cannot meet people in person to check their ID, can you offer any advice?

As a result of the pandemic, the DBS has made some temporary changes to the ID checking guidelines for standard and enhanced checks - and basic checks, when submitted through a Responsible Organisation. These changes have been made to limit face-to-face contact, and can be found here.

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