DBS Checks through UK Youth  

UK Youth is an umbrella organisation for the processing of DBS Checks. Our disclosure services is open to all organisations whose workers qualify for a DBS check, such as youth groups, community groups and charitable organisations. DBS checks can only be undertaken on behalf of organisations not for individuals.

Criminal records checks are available to help organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable to work with children or other vulnerable members of society.

The government agency set up to administer these checks is the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau or CRB). The DBS’s aim is to help employers in England and Wales make safer recruitment decisions.

What is a Disclosure?

A Disclosure is a document containing information held by the police and government departments that provides details of a person’s criminal record, including convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings held on the Police National Computer (PNC). It can also contain details from lists and other information held by the DBS as well as information held by local police forces.

A Disclosure enables organisations to check the background of a job applicant (paid or voluntary) to ensure they do not have a history that makes them unsuitable to work with children or vulnerable members of society. A Disclosure is an essential element of the appointment process within any organisation, forming part of a structured recruitment policy that should include interviewing, checking of references, staff supervision, training and ongoing support.

Different types of Disclosers

Standard Disclosure

A standard DBS check is an in-depth background check used by employers on behalf of applicants to verify if a candidate is suitable to hire for work in a specific industry. It will show details of all cautions, warnings, reprimands, as well as all spent and unspent convictions held on an individual’s criminal record. 

Enhanced Disclosure

An Enhanced DBS should be applied for where the appointment involves a substantial degree of contact with children and/or vulnerable adults (supervised or unsupervised) such as teaching, youth work, supervising, training or providing advice/guidance on well-being. It includes the same information as a standard check plus any additional information held by local police that’s reasonably considered relevant to the role being applied for.

The Barred Lists

If an applicant is involved in a  Regulated Activity the DBS check must include a check of the barred lists. The DBS is responsible for maintaining the two barred lists, the ‘Children’s and Vulnerable Adults’ lists. Using information from a number of sources including the Police, local authorities and employers, the DBS case workers assess the risk of harm that an individual would pose if they were to work with vulnerable groups.

To find out which check is most suitable for your needs please see the DBS Eligibility checker



The cost of completing a DBS Check varies according to the type of disclosure and nature of role the check is being requested for. Below are the charges for using UK Youth as an umbrella body. Payment can either be via a cheque or we can send you an invoice

Volunteer disclosures

Volunteer disclosures can be either Enhanced or Standard, DBS do not charge for these checks but an administration fee will still be payable. The DBS definition of a volunteer is defined in the Police Act 1997 (criminal records) Regulations 2002 as: “Any person engaged in an activity which involves spending time, unpaid (except for travel and other approved out-of-pocket expenses), doing something which aims to benefit some third party and not a close relative.”

Disclosure and Barring Service Code of Practice 

The code of practice is issued under section 122(2) of the Police Act 1997.Organisations using the DBS checking service must comply with the code of practice. The code is there to ensure organisations are aware of their obligations that the information released will be used fairly. The code also ensures that sensitive personal information, disclosed by the DBS is handled and stored appropriately and is kept for only as long as necessary

Contact Us

For further information or to discuss your requirements contact us:

0203 1373810 or hr@ukyouth.org

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