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If you are volunteering with children or vulnerable adults through our Student-Led Volunteering Programme, you may be asked to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. These used to be known as CRB checks.

This is a UK legal requirement for those in positions of trust in roles that involve contact with children and young people (someone who is under 18) or regular contact with vulnerable adults. You will find information about the DBS Service and requirements on Disclosure and Barring Service website.

If you have had any criminal convictions these will be identified on the DBS Certificate and will then be used to consider whether these are compatible with involvement in a particular volunteering project. A previous conviction will not be an automatic bar to volunteering - rather, your DBS check will enable the recruiter to assess whether you will be suitable for a particular role.

How to get a DBS Check done

If you’re volunteering with an external charity, you should speak to them about whether you will need a DBS and how to apply.

If you are volunteering with one of our Student-Led Volunteering Projects, your Project Leader will let you know if you need a DBS check. If you do need a DBS check, you should apply through the Volunteering Service. In the first instance, you should email 3 forms of identification to slvpadmin@ucl.ac.uk.

Once we have assessed your identification, we will send you a meeting link, so that we can verify your identification via video link. After this verification has been completed, you will be emailed a link to complete the online DBS application form.  It’s important that you apply as early as possible as the check process can take some weeks. Please read our guidance notes on how to obtain a DBS checks for further information.

Please note that we will be unable to process your DBS check unless the Student-Led Project that you are volunteering with has an approved risk assessment, so please do not email your identification until your Project Leader tells you to do so.  

If you need a DBS check as a requirement for your UCL course, we won’t be able to process your check. Instead, please visit the UCL DBS webpages

If you need a DBS check for an employer or for volunteering not organised through our office, then please contact the organisation directly as we won’t be able to process your check.

If you have any questions about your DBS check, please contact the SLVP Admin team.