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Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS)

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is the system for checking that people are suitable to work with children and vulnerable adults and has replaced the CRB. When sports coaches are requested by their NGB to undertake a DBS check they may also be recommended to subscribe to the Update Service which, if renewed every year, could mean that the holder only has the need for one certificate for life. For more information on the Disclosure and Barring Service click here.

NB: DBS will only issue one certificate and that will go to the applicant. This will provide issues for how the employing organisation can check the status of the applicant. It is recommended that applicants use the online application process, if possible, as employers will be able to track the progress.

The DBS Online Update Service

This is designed to address the situation of people holding a number of CRBs/DBSs issued for different organisations and is highly recommended for sports coaches. Individuals applying for a DBS disclosure will be able to subscribe to this service and the Update Service reduces the need for an individual to apply for multiple Certificates when an applicant moves from one job to another in the same workforce or when a recheck is required.

How to register

Applicants can register online when applying for a DBS certificate, or within 19 days of DBS issuing one (the certificate reference number will be needed). Registration lasts for 1 year and costs £13 per year for paid coaches but is free for volunteers.

What an applicant gets

An online account that lets you:

  • take your certificate from one job to the next
  • give employers permission to check your certificate online, and see who has checked it
  • add or remove a certificate