In a Muddle About Volunteering & DBS Checks?

We get a lot of calls from people wanting advice about DBS checks for volunteers- how do I get one? How much does it cost? Below we aim to answer all of your questions and provide a bit of information so you know where you stand when applying.

As a volunteer you can apply for both Standard & Enhanced level checks if you are working for an organisation or charity- all at a discounted rate! The organisation itself would have to apply for a check on the applicant’s behalf and the application takes around the same length of time as a regular check.

If your organisation or charity that you are volunteering for does not apply for the check on your behalf then the Basic check will be the only available option which is not available at a reduced rate.

How do I get a volunteer check?

If you wanted to apply for a volunteer check you would need to give us a call so that we could confirm eligibility, take the organisation details and send you the online application form.

How much is a volunteer check?

Our usual rate is £18.00 including VAT.

Do I qualify for a volunteer check?

For an applicant to qualify for a volunteer DBS check they must not:

  • Receive any payment (except for travel and other approved out –of-pocket expenses)
  • Be on a placement
  • Be on a course that requires them to do this role
  • Be in a trainee position that will lead to a full time role or qualification

To find out more about volunteer checks or for some help and advice regarding DBS checks please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01254 355688 or visit our faq page.


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