obtaining a Disclosure & BARRING service (DBS) check (formally CRC)
- Those working in the child workforce in roles with U18s; and
- Those with (vulnerable) adults also known as adults at risk
Those who are working or volunteering directly with children and young people in football need to have a DBS Enhanced Criminal Record Check. The Protection of Freedoms Act, 2012 identified regulated activity as specific activities, carried out frequently or intensively, which is unsupervised. This includes those whose roles involve teaching, training, instructing, supervising, giving advice or guidance on wellbeing or caring for children or driving a vehicle solely for children on behalf of a club or football organisation.
Frequently or intensively are usually described as once a week or more, four days or more in one 30 day period or overnight although occasionally people with lower levels of contact may still need one.
Those who carry out these roles with children frequently and are unsupervised will need a DBS Enhanced Criminal Record Check with Children’s Barred List. Supervision is defined by the legislation as:
- Day to Day;
- Reasonable in all circumstances for protecting children; and
- Carried out by someone in Regulated Activity
In making its decisions on which roles are supervised and which are not, The FA has utilised the Government guidance, alongside the sport sector guidance on supervision, developed by the Sport and Recreation Alliance and the Child Protection in Sport Unit.
If you require any further support or guidance with using the online application process, please contact FAchecks@TheFA.com or call 0845 210 8080 and The FA Criminal Records Body will be happy to assist.