DBS stands for the Government’s Disclosure and Barring Service. The service provides criminal record checks that help organisations in the public, private, and voluntary sectors to identify applicants who may be unsuitable to work with vulnerable adults and children.

An application for criminal record checks and associated information is known as a Disclosure. This disclosure document gives headlines of an applicant’s criminal record, including convictions, reprimands, and any warnings held on the police national computer.

Given the nature of Pathfinders Camp, we have a “duty of care” to carry out DBS checks on all volunteer helpers.

The process is fairly simple:

  • Presenting documents to prove your identity
  • Applying online for a check
  • Subscribing to the DBS Update Service

You can read detailed instructions in the document below: