DBS checks in sport – your questions answered

Last updated: 09 Dec 2019 Topics: Safe recruitment

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are an important part of safeguarding in sport, especially for sports clubs and organisations who train young athletes. 

Listen to Part Two of our dive into the basics of DBS checks (if you missed Part One, take a listen here).

We asked our sport and activity audience to send in questions about DBS checks to Linda and Helen, in this episode we find out:

  • what levels of check are required?
  • do sport parents need to be DBS checked?
  • what is a referral?
  • how and when should sports refer?
  • how long does the DBS keep information?

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  • Mel Addams and Lian Gaten – CPSU Information Officers
  • Linda and Helen – Disclosure and Barring Service