What is a DBS check?

Simply put, a DBS check is a record of a person’s criminal convictions and cautions – carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).  Access to DBS checks is strictly controlled by law. There are four levels of DBS checks that are available:

  1. Basic Disclosure.
  2. Standard DBS.
  3. Enhanced DBS.
  4. Enhanced DBS with child-barred (or adult-barred) list check.

Who needs a DBS check?

In a croquet club, any role involving children or ‘adults at risk of harm’ requires an assessment to see if, or what level of, DBS clearance is required. The rules are quite complicated so if you think you or other club members may need a DBS check, please ask for advice from the Croquet England office: email [email protected]  or Tel. 01242 242318.


How do I get a DBS check and how much will it cost?

The application has to be done through Croquet England so the office will explain the process. There is no fee if you are a volunteer.


What if I already have a DBS certificate through another organisation?

It will depend upon what level of DBS certificate you hold, what your job role was/is with the other organisation, when it was issued and whether you are registered with the DBS Update service. For advice, please contact the Croquet England Office.


How long does it take to get a DBS certificate?

You will have to get identification documents checked, in person, by your club welfare officer so give yourself time to arrange this, particularly if it is ‘out of season’.

Once your application is submitted, the process can take up to 6 weeks.


Where can I find out more?

A summary of Croquet England’s procedure is available at Safeguarding requirement for DBS enhanced certificate.


A series of leaflets is available at DBS guidance leaflets – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). Of particular relevance are:

DBS checks in Sport – working with children.

DBS checks in Sport – working with adults.