Everyone with a role to play in supporting a sports club or organisation to operate needs to ensure that children and adults at risk are protected from physical and mental harm.  Knowing what training and level of checks is required can seem overwhelming, with multiple options available.  

Choosing the right one will depend on many factors, including the level of contact with young people and/or adults at risk, whether the role involves instruction/guidance and the frequency of the interaction.  Clubs affiliated to their national governing body should always consult with, and adhere to their requirements.

Flow chart for deciding if DBS necessary

As well as safeguarding training and DBS checks, clubs should actively consider the steps outlined in our Safer Recruitment Guide  to help ensure a culture of safe recruitment prevails in the club.

Volunteering with adults at risk?

If volunteers work with adults at risk, it’s a bit more complicated than working with children. Usually, coaches, instructors and volunteers will only be eligible for an enhanced check if they’re working with adults who are receiving a certain sort of health or social care. And as with children, the specific type of activity matters too. You can view a flow chart for working with adults at risk from the Ann Craft Trust here

You’ll find a great DBS eligibility checking tool on the Government’s website

Last modified: Monday, 27 September 2021, 3:05 PM