If someone’s role involves more than one of the activities below and the activities allow for different levels of check, they can be asked to obtain the higher level of check that is available to them. The Charity Commission’s safeguarding guidance advises charity trustees to get the highest level of DBS check that a role is eligible for.

Charity Trustees:

  • Charity trustees are eligible for an enhanced DBS check without a children’s Barred List check if the staff and volunteers within their charity include those who carry out regulated activity with children. Instances of regulated activity in this guidance have the words “regulated activity” after them. For more information on regulated activity, please see DBS page.
  • A charity trustee could also be eligible for the children’s Barred List check if they undertake regulated activity themselves or manage someone who does.

An Imam:

  • Only leading prayer sessions (and does not have any further roles) – can get a basic DBS check
  • teaching children – check the information for teachers below
  • providing pastoral care, including giving advice and guidance on emotional physical or educational wellbeing to children:
    • on more than 3 days in a 30-day period – can get an enhanced DBS check with a children’s Barred List check (regulated activity)
    • on 3 days or less in a 30-day period – can get an enhanced DBS check without a children’s Barred List check

A teacher in Mosque/Madrassah:

  • who teaches children:
    • on more than 3 days in a 30-day period – can get an enhanced DBS check with a children’s Barred List check (regulated activity)
    • on 3 days or less in a 30-day period – can get an enhanced DBS check without a children’s Barred List check

Committee Members (who are not trustees) or Management Staff:

  • whose role is limited to leadership, strategy, policy or caretaking – can get a basic DBS check
  • with responsibility for day-to-day management of staff or volunteers who are eligible for an enhanced DBS check – can get the same level of check as the people the Manager is responsible for
  • whose role involves teaching, check the section for teachers

Sermon leaders or lecturers:

  • who give talks to the whole congregation (adults and children) – can get a basic DBS check
  • who give talks mainly or wholly to young people:
    • on more than 3 days in a 30-day period – can get an enhanced DBS check with a children’s Barred List check (regulated activity)
    • on 3 days or less in a 30-day period – can get an enhanced DBS check without a children’s Barred List check

Caretakers:

  • whose work is limited to cleaning, locking up or building maintenance – can get a basic DBS check
  • whose work involved other duties listed on this page, check the relevant role

A member of the kitchen staff:

  • whose role is only to cook and serve food – can get a basic DBS check
  • who is also responsible for supervising children during break or meal times
    • on more than 3 days in a 30-day period – can get an enhanced DBS check with a children’s Barred List check (regulated activity)
    • on 3 days or less in a 30-day period– can get an enhanced DBS check without a children’s Barred List check

Volunteer Security Guard:

  • The role of a volunteer security guard only allows for a basic DBS check

Drivers:

  • who take children to and from the Madrassah:
    • on more than 3 days in a 30-day period – can get an enhanced DBS check with a children’s Barred List check (regulated activity)
    • on 3 days or less in a 30-day period – can get an enhanced DBS check without a children’s Barred List check
  • If the Mosque books private taxis via a taxi company, they cannot request a check for the drivers as it is a private arrangement.
  • If, however, they have a contract with a taxi company to drive children to and from the Madrassah;
    • on more than 3 days in a 30-day period – the drivers are eligible for an enhanced DBS check with a children’s Barred List check (regulated activity)
    • on 3 days or less in a 30-day period – the drivers are eligible for an enhanced DBS check without a children’s Barred List check

Youth activity workers (volunteers and staff):

  • who are responsible for teaching or supervising children on more than 3 days in a 30-day period and are not supervised by someone who is in regulated activity with children – can get an enhanced DBS check with a children’s Barred List check (regulated activity)
  • who are responsible for teaching or supervising children on less than 3 days in a 30 day period, or are supervised by somebody who is in regulated activity with children – can get an enhanced DBS check without a children’s Barred List check
  • who are responsible for providing advice and guidance on emotional, physical and educational wellbeing to youth groups:
    • on more than 3 days in a 30-day period – can get an enhanced DBS check with a children’s Barred List check (regulated activity)
    • on less than 30 days in a 30-day period, can get an enhanced DBS check without a children’s Barred List check

Overnight and residential stays:

Where children stay overnight, at a youth camp or religious festival for example, without their parents or legal guardians present, there are activities which would allow for a DBS check:

If any individual, whether staff or volunteer, is responsible for:
  • the care or supervision of children other than their own overnight between 2am and 6am, with the opportunity for face to face contact – even if this is done only once – that person can get an enhanced DBS check with a check of the children’s Barred List (regulated activity)
  • teaching, training or instructing children other than their own during this time or providing them with advice and guidance on their physical, emotional or educational wellbeing between 2am and 6am – that person can also get an enhanced DBS check with a check of the children’s Barred List (regulated activity)

SFI has produced this guidance in partnership with DBS.
Other consultancy organisations include:
The Charity Commission for England and Wales,
Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board
, Reshet, and Gurdwara Aid

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