Volunteering as a tutor or mentor for young people is a great way to give back to your community, to help young people that require assistance, and to be an inspirational role model.
At GT Scholars we aspire to recruit the best volunteers to tutor and mentor young people. They need to have the right skills, a positive outlook, and the ability to communicate effectively. It is also our responsibility to ensure that all our volunteers have undergone safeguarding training and have completed an Enhanced DBS check. This is to ensure the safety of our scholars.
With the DBS check, we ensure that no unsuitable person will engage with any of the scholars on our programmes. To help you understand more about this DBS check and how the process works, we have answered a few important questions.
What does DBS stand for?
DBS stands for Disclosure and Barring Service. It is merging of the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) and the ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority) to carry out the same purpose of both organisations under one body.
What is the purpose of a DBS check?
This certificate has been put in place by the government to ensure that unsuitable people do not work with individuals that are vulnerable such as children and young people. It is essential for the safety of all vulnerable groups of people.
Who needs to have a DBS check?
Every job will differ on the type of DBS check they will require from an individual, but any person who wishes to work with children and vulnerable adults will need an enhanced DBS certificate. This is to ensure the safety of these groups.
What are the 3 types of DBS checks?
- Basic Disclosure – this is more of a criminal record check that may be required for applying for a visa or personal licence
- Standard DBS – a check that will show all convictions, warnings or cautions on a person’s record and is usually required when applying for a job
- Enhanced DBS – similar to the standard but this can include any relevant information by the police and this check is required when working with children and vulnerable groups.
How can you get a DBS check?
You can either apply for one directly from the DBS via an online application or you can apply via a responsible organisation that is registered with the DBS.
How much does DBS check cost?
A standard DBS will cost around £30 and an Enhanced DBS around £50. For volunteers, the Enhanced DBS will cost around £10.
What do you need in order to do a DBS check?
A person needs to attach at least 3 documents to their application for a DBS check – one document from Group 1 and two documents from either Group 1, Group 2a or Group 2b.
Group 1 is for primary identity documents such as:
- Biometric Residence Permit
- Current Driving Licence
- Birth Certificate
- Adoption Certificate
Group 2a is for trusted government documents such as:
- Current Driving Licence (countries outside the EU excluding Isle of Man and the Channel Islands)
- Current driving licence paper version – if issued before 1998
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage / Civil Partnership Certificate
- HM Forces ID Card
- Firearm Licence
Group 2b is for financial and social history documents such as:
- Mortgage statement
- Financial statements
- P45 or P60 statements
- Council Tax Statement
- Bank or Building society statements
- Credit card statement
- Utility bill (not mobile phone bill)
- Benefit statements such as pension or child benefit
- Entitlement documents given by a government agency/council
- Sponsorship letter from future employer – for applicants residing outside the UK during application
- EU national ID card
- Cards with PASS accreditation logo – UK, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands
- Letter from headteacher or college principal – for 16-19-year-old UK citizens in full-time education (exceptional circumstances)
- Work permit or visa
How often do we need to renew our DBS?
The DBS certificate expires after 3 years, then it will need to be renewed. There is also the option of the DBS Update System that costs approximately £13 per year and will renew the certificate every year from the date of issue.
We hope that after reading this you would understand the need for a DBS check when you volunteer with us. We aspire to create a safe environment for all our scholars and to offer them the best tutors and mentors without any compromise.
GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.