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 (NGB’s) 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 is and should be standard practice. 

Where a DBS or other pre-employment check highlights relevant information, this is investigated further and a risk assessment is carried out to establish whether or not they 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 as well as 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 checked included stewards and officials.

Disclosure and Barring Service for the sports sector

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Why choose GBG for your criminal record checks?


Neglecting to conduct background screening checks could leave your organisation vulnerable to recriminations, possible fines and reputational risk.


Our expert team of onboarding executives help ensure that your employee verification system is configured to meet your exact processing requirements. Our dedicated, Nottingham-based client care team will keep track of your applications and are always on hand to help with any questions.


Check your staff regularly to help combat financial crime and terrorism, people trafficking or illegal immigration. Be absolutely confident that people are who they say they are – and be able to prove it. Our eligibility experts will ensure your online system processes checks at the right level for your organisation.


We are the largest criminal record check provider in the UK. We're experts in identity data and use cutting-edge technologies to enable Right to Work checks and identity checking.

Learn more about how GBG helps the sports sector from our customers

We helped Puddle Ducks transform its traditional paper-based DBS check process, saving their franchisees months of admin time and thousands of pounds every year.

Whether it’s pre or post screening for your volunteers and employees, we can help you at each stage.

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