Some volunteers are required to complete an enhanced criminal record disclosure check before starting to work with us
Get details of the disclosure checks our volunteers need to complete - and your role in the process
We ask some of our volunteers to complete an enhanced criminal record disclosure check, which includes details of all convictions on record whether spent or unspent, under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA). Bear in mind that a criminal record does not necessarily prevent you from becoming a volunteer.
The country where you volunteer will determine which type of disclosure check you need to complete. If you volunteer in:
- England and Wales - you will need to complete an online Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS check)
- Scotland - you will need to register with Disclosure Scotland’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme (PVG)
- Northern Ireland - you will be required to complete an online Access NI check.
Your local Commissioner will put you in touch with a volunteer in your area to complete your relevant disclosure check. This volunteer will be responsible for completing your application and monitoring its progress.
If you volunteer in more than one of these countries, you will need to complete the relevant disclosure check for each one.
Do I have to do a disclosure check?
Being a volunteer within Girlguiding can often mean spending time unsupervised with girls and young women.
Any adult wishing to volunteer in a capacity that involves unsupervised access - or staying overnight on a residential event - with girls and young women will be required to complete an enhanced criminal record disclosure check.
If you refuse to undergo the appropriate recruitment checks then you will not be allowed to continue volunteering with Girlguiding.
We do not accept criminal record disclosure checks carried out by any other organisation. This includes the Disclosure and Barring Service Continuous Update Service.
How often do I have to do a disclosure check?
If you are in a role that requires a disclosure check, you will be required to do one every five years. Read our disclosure checks and rechecking FAQs for more details.
If you move County, you will have to do another check if it has been more than three years since your last disclosure check. Any adult who has taken a break from guiding of three years or longer will be asked to complete a new disclosure check.
What do I do if I am responsible for doing disclosure checks?
If you are an ID Verifier in your area then you are responsible for checking a volunteer’s ID documents and completing their relevant disclosure check application. We have developed guidance for ID Verifiers with information and support for you.
What do I do if I am a Commissioner?
As a Commissioner, you are responsible for ensuring that your local volunteers have completed, or are in the process of completing, their required disclosure checks with a local ID Verifier. Get our essential resource for Commissioners on disclosure checks for more information.
Check which roles need a disclosure check
Find out which roles have a disclosure check requirement in the role documents on our access page.