Welfare/DBS(Disclosure and Baring Service)

Disclosure and Baring Service

Safeguarding and Vetting requirements checks affecting all individuals who have contact with children and adults at risk are in place.  These checks are managed by the DBS and are known as a DBS checks.

The three significant points are:  

  • The Definition of Regulated Activity – This affects who is eligible for a DBS check and the level of          the check.
  • Single Disclosure – only the applicant receives a copy of their DBS Certificate.
  • DBS Update Service – This service will keep a subscribed individual’s DBS Certificate continually up to date, allowing instant online checks and enabling portability (when certain criteria are met).

Canoe England DBS Applications are completed and processed online.

The DBS eligibility requirement is linked to the specific role and frequency and intensity in which they carry out that role.  Coaches may be required to undertake a DBS check by their deployer or employer in line with the type of activities /role they are carrying out.

The decision that guides the need for a DBS check is shown in the DBS Guidance Flowchart.


The selection of coaches for DBS checks is based on their current coaching activities.  If you coach children or vulnerable adults as part of WKCC and are not on the DBS list you should:

1). Ensure that you have a DBS approved coach with you, and remain in their sight through the session.
2). If you plan to coach long term and frequently you should apply through the Welfare officer for a DBS check.

All coaches of children or vulnerable adults DBS listed or non DBS listed involved in the session should organise the session to ensure they are in sight at all times.

All coaches DBS qualified or not, should refresh their understanding of their responsibility to children and vulnerable adults by attending Safe Guarding and Protecting Children courses and reading relevant training material.

The Club’s Welfare Officer or British Canoeing’s Safeguarding Team can advise on providers.

WKCC fully supports and follows British Canoeing’s Policies Procedures and Guidance on:

SPC-P1 Safeguarding Children             
SPC-P2 Safeguarding Whistle Blowing
SPC-P3 Anti-bullying                             
SPC-P4 Disclosure
SPC-P5 Safe Storage and Handling of Sensitive Material
SPC-P6 Safeguarding Adults

References:    britishcanoeing.org.uk  

To find the details click:
Club and Centre Resources, Safeguarding, Disclosure and Barring Service, Safeguarding Training and Policies Guidance and Templates.