Apply for a DBS check


A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check may be needed for certain jobs or voluntary work, e.g. working with children or in healthcare. DBS checking plays a significant role in contributing to the safe and effective recruitment of volunteers.

However, it must be stated that DBS checking is only part of an effective recruitment and selection process. It is important that clubs and associations follow the Recruitment, Selection and Retention of Persons with Access to Young People Policy (available from the Policy and Guidance section) prior to employment/deployment and utilise ongoing performance appraisals.

A person is eligible for an enhanced DBS check, with children’s barred list check, through Volleyball England if they will be in contact in a supervisory role (i.e. as the lead coach at the session) with under 18s either:

  • Once a week
  • Or four times in a month
  • Or for any overnight stays (e.g. training camps)

This is fully funded as a benefit for current:

  • Registered coaches
  • Registered referees
  • Club Welfare Officers within affiliated clubs
  • Unqualified volunteers within affiliated clubs

All Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) applications completed through Volleyball England are now done through an online system.

For further information about DBS checks, including guidance on eligibility and the DBS update service, please visit the DBS government department website here.

How to apply for a DBS check

To apply for a DBS check for yourself or on behalf of your club members (Number of DBS checks awarded per club will be determined on a case by case basis.), please email with the following information:

  • A short summary of how the DBS applicant meets the regulated activity requirement e.g. ‘I coach team X once a week and there are three under 18s in the group’
  • Full name of applicant
  • Valid email address for applicant

After this information has been received, if the requirements are met, then the applicant will receive a unique link via email from which they can complete their application at their own discretion.