A Guide to DBS Checks for Sports Teams and Clubs
People that run sports clubs or teams will know that safeguarding is a highly important issue when working with children.
However, it can be tricky to understand which DBS Checks are needed for which roles within the sports club, especially when recruiting new staff. Big sports teams and clubs may find it easier as they have policies in place and plenty of people to advise them, but smaller clubs may struggle to find the right information and be confident that they are making the right decisions.
This brief guide will help you decide what levels of DBS Checks are needed for various roles in a sports club and how to apply for them.
Sports Club DBS Checks – Specified Establishment
Any role that involves working with children is eligible for a high level of DBS Check if the place they are working at is deemed to be a ‘specified establishment’, which includes nurseries, schools, child care facilities, children’s homes, and more.
If a person works at one of these specified establishments frequently, i.e. on three or more occasions within a 30-day period, then they will need an Enhanced DBS Check and if the role is a regulated activity, they will also need a barred list check along with it.
Therefore, if the sports team activities or sports club is happening within one of those specified establishments, then the applicant will need to get an Enhanced DBS Check.
Sports Clubs Outside of ‘Specified Establishments’
If the sports club meets in a location that is separate to a specified establishment, then whether the individual needs an Enhanced DBS Check will depend on the nature of the job role.
The type of roles that require an Enhanced DBS Check are regulated activities and include coaching, supervising, instructing, training, teaching, or transporting children in an unsupervised capacity. These roles will also require a children’s barred list check.
However, if the person is working as a supervised volunteer, i.e. they are supervised by a staff member who has a DBS certificate, then they may not need to get checked themselves.
Basic DBS Checks for Sports Clubs
Many sports clubs decide to get all staff that are not eligible for higher level checks to get a Basic DBS Check instead. The individual can apply for this themselves online and they do not need verification from a third party.
For instance, administrators, cleaners, and other support staff at the club may apply for a Basic DBS Check online through our portal.
Summary of DBS Checks for Sports Clubs
Criminal background checks are necessary for any sports clubs that take place in a specified establishment and will require an Enhanced DBS Check. If the role is considered to be a regulated activity, then a barred list check will also be asked for.
Many sports clubs ask other staff that are not involved in direct contact with children to get a Basic DBS Check, which can be applied for online.
To find out more about the rules surrounding sports clubs, get in touch with one of our expert advisors today.