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Volunteer Managers Forum

Date and Time: Tues 23rd February 2021, 10am - 11.30am

Location: Microsoft Teams

DBS Checks for Voluntary and Community Groups

This introductory session will outline the key aspects of the disclosure and barring regime:

  • explaining some common misunderstandings about the regime
  • explaining what is disclosed on the different types of criminal records checks
  • explaining the definition of regulated activity
  • highlight links to other useful guidance

Linda-Claire Smith was, until last November, the Home Office lead for the disclosure and barring regime. In her six years in this role, she led on the policy and legislation affecting the regime, delivered through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Part of this involved explaining the meaning of the legislation, how it affected particular sectors and how users could make best use of it to help ensure public protection as part of their broader safeguarding approach. Most recently, she introduced legislation to amend the criminal record regime to support the wider effort to tackle Covid-19. This enabled health and social care employers to undertake 'fast and free' checks . She also produced guidance for new Covid-related volunteer groups to explain DBS checks and has extensive experience of explaining the regime to many different users.

Followed by questions and the opportunity to network and share information.

If you are interested in attending this session please email me kate.richardson@communityactionderby.org.uk