Why do I need
employee background screening?
When sporting organisations recruit new staff or volunteers, all reasonable steps must be taken to ensure unsuitable people are prevented from working with children and vulnerable adults.
As part of some national sporting government bodies’ (NGBs) safeguarding strategies, they require those working in eligible roles with children and young people to pass a disclosure and barring (DBS) check. This is in line with legislation and should be standard practice. Where a DBS or other pre-employment check highlights relevant information, this is investigated further. A risk assessment is carried out to establish whether or not the person will be accepted to work with children and young people in their particular sport.
Typical activities where a DBS and other pre-employment checks maybe required include managing, training, coaching, and supervising. Plus giving advice or guidance on well-being, caring for children, or driving a vehicle solely for children on behalf of a club or organisation. Other roles can also be checked, including stewards and officials.