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Disclosure (DBS) check suspension

An update regarding Disclosure checks for new member and rechecks for existing numbers.

We have recieved confirmation from HQ that while social distancing applies and face-to-face Scouting is not happening we will not carry out DBS checks on new and rechecks on existing members.


The key points of the message are:

  • Volunteers will not be suspended when a disclosure re-check has not been undertaken and a valid disclosure obtained.
  • Volunteer line managers will continue to receive the reminder and suspension emails as these are automated through Compass. (These do not need to be actioned)
  • Volunteer line managers should not add any new adults during the Coronavirus situation and should not process the suspension of volunteers during this period.


When face-to-face Scouting resumes and goverment guidence on movement changes we will have to ‘catch up’ with anyone who doesn’t have a current DBS at that point.


What we’re doing locally

In Norfolk we’re going to regularly run reports to see who will be impacted by this temporary stop this will help to let people now not to worry and support making sure we quickly get back up to speed one Scouting starts meeting again. We think that this will impact about 30 people a month.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your line manager or Group Scout Leader / District Commissioner.


Here is the full message: