Disclosure check – what ID is required?

Adults who help with the work of the Group on anything other than a very occasional basis (less than once a month that is) must undertake a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check. This is what we used to refer to as a “CRB” check. It is not optional.

Whilst this check is one of whether or not an adult has a criminal record, the primary reason it is undertaken is that it allows the assisting adult to become a member of the Scout Association and hence insured when working with young people.

Here are some government guidelines on what ID you need to bring to start the check.

https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/documents-the-applicant-must-provide-

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-identity-checking-guidelines/id-checking-guidelines-for-dbs-check-applications

Broadly speaking, the ID requirements can be summarised – for the majority of people – as follows:

  1. Full name including middle name
  2. Address, telephone number, email address
  3. Date of birth
  4. Passport – number, start date, and expiry date
  5. Drivers license – number and expiry date
  6. One utility or bank/building society bill dating from the quarter before the application

Access to the internet and the ability to use email is an absolute requirement for the modern DBS check.