England Netball DBS resumption

From the 1st July 2020 England Netball’s DBS service will resume to enable coaches, volunteers and others operating within regulated activity to complete the process to obtain a DBS certificate.

Since the 15th April England Netball took the decision to temporarily suspend processing of all new DBS applications, all DBS renewals and any applications where documentation was not yet verified. This decision was made in light of the Government requirement to socially distance which prevented face to face verification and the demand on the DBS service due to the Coronavirus health crisis.

With resumption of certain elements of netball activity there is a requirement for coaches to have a DBS in place. The England Netball DBS service will resume from 1st July to enable coaches and volunteers to complete the process and application for a DBS certificate.

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You will be able apply in the normal manner, however, due to social distancing measures it is necessary to implement changes to the ID checking process. All applicants will be required to have their ID check completed through the post office. There is an additional fee of £6 (payable to the post office directly). Unfortunately face to face ID verification will not resume for the time being until further notice.

There are over 900 post office branches which offer DBS ID verification service. DBS applicants will be able to search for their nearest branch here and then select “CRB & ID Verification Service” within the choose a service drop down list. Note – please DO NOT select DBS ID VALIDATION SERVICE as this service is not compatible with the bar-coded sheet that applicants will be taking in for verification.

For guidance on how to complete a new DBS application with post office verification please click here.

DBS applicants whose DBS application was already within the system and awaiting verification when the service was suspended will be required to restart and submit their application within the GBG system. This is due to the change in verification method to the post office, whereby you will now be required to print out the ID verification form and take this to the post office, along with the ID you have selected to be verified. In doing this, this will alleviate any issues that may have occurred due to incorrect/ out of date ID documentation, which would have been as a result of the temporary suspension that was put in place due to the Coronavirus health crisis. For guidance on this please see the GBG Applicant user guide here.

England Netball remains committed to ensuring all children and young people are able to take part in the sport in a safe and enjoyable environment.  Any coach, volunteer or paid member of staff carrying out regulated activity with U18s (in accordance with DBS guidance) is required to have a satisfactory Enhanced with Barred List check carried out before they take their with children or young people and the DBS check must be renewed every 3 years.

For queries please contact besafe@englandnetball.co.uk.

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