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