DBS Checks - Penwith Community Development Trust

DBS Checks

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions for both employees and volunteers, by preventing unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Not every voluntary or paid position requires a DBS check, for example a volunteer will only need a DBS check if the role involves regular unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults.

Should you require a DBS check, we can arrange this for you and will charge an administration fee to the relevant organisation. The fees are currently £15.00 per check for a volunteer (to cover the administration fee) and £59.00 for a paid member of staff which includes the £15 administration fee (fees as charged by the DBS). For a small fee you can also subscribe to the update service so that you can take your DBS Certificate from role to role within the same workforce meaning you may not need to apply for another one again. (The update service is free for volunteers). For more information, visit the DBS website.  

To book a DBS check please contact Alison Brown on 01736 334658 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You will be required to provide proof of identity, your National Insurance number and a five year address history.

Who Can Have A DBS Check?

Here at PCDT we offer a DBS check service for volunteers, and paid employees. We cannot offer the service to self-employed people.

Volunteers and DBS:

There is no legal requirement for every volunteer (including committee members) to have a DBS check.

The only people who legally need a DBS check are those involved in Regulated Activity with vulnerable adults and/or children. Regulated Activity is defined as regular, and unsupervised. This may include caring for, or supervising children or adults deemed vulnerable, driving a vehicle for children or vulnerable adults, and personal care (even if done once).

The supervision element relates to whether the volunteer is to be supervised by a person in a Regulated Activity (for example a teacher).


  • If an adult runs an event for children where no DBS checked adults are supervising, they would require a check.
  • Volunteers arrange a one off school disco where there are teachers present and volunteers do not take children away from the group for example to the toilet. Volunteers would not need a check.
  • A hairdresser who owns a salon in the high street would not need a check for cutting the hair of clients who may happen to be children or vulnerable adults.
  • A hairdresser who works solely for care homes cutting elderly or disabled vulnerable adults' hair would need a check.

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