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Coronavirus – Recruiting Volunteers and DBS Checking

Due to recent changes, possibly temporary, being announced in the current crisis, there is much contradictory and confusing advice as to in which circumstances volunteers are required to be DBS checked.

Therefore we have removed the previous advice held on this page and will be replacing it with an FAQ page, with Q&A’s added as we obtain confirmation of issues.


We have volunteers dropping off food parcels and collecting prescriptions, do they need to be DBS Checked?

Where these roles do not involve volunteers handling any money or having face-to-face contact with vulnerable people, they do not require a DBS check.


DBS Checks

BVA will arrange for a free DBS check to be carried out forĀ  volunteers where required, however to avoid delay, volunteers who already hold a DBS certificate (e.g. due to their existing day jobs or previous volunteer roles) should be prioritised where required as volunteers wherever possible.

In the current situation, the government have temporarily changed the requirements for presenting id when submitting a DBS application and BVA are in the process of making changes so that we will be able to continue to provide our DBS service whilst the current conditions continue.


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