Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS)

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In December 2012 the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

England Hockey is able to provide Clubs/Organisation with access to the Disclosure and Barring Service, formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau service.

Changes from 17 June 2013

With immediate effect, all organisations need to be registered for the online system and paper forms will no longer be accepted for processing.  Please get in touch for help with registering for the online service if your club has not already done so.

Applicant only disclosure
England Hockey will no longer be automatically sent a copy of disclosures from the DBS for individuals undertaking roles for them.
In fact, only one disclosure will be issued by the DBS for each applicant and it will be sent to the applicant only.
England Hockey will continue to manage this system centrally (and risk assess any information disclosed) and will inform you of the outcome of the DBS check.

DBS update service
Individuals can subscribe to an update service when completing a new DBS check and it will keep their certificate up to date.
We are currently looking into the detail of this system and will let you know when we have more information.
Clubs should not carry out ‘status’ checks or accept checks from other organizations - any enquiries about this service should be directed to England Hockey in the first instance.

In order to access the service, Clubs/Organisations must first register with England Hockey by contacting Dianne Ward, DBS Coordinator dianne.ward@englandhockey.co.uk  or 01628 897516. Once registered, any members, volunteers or professional staff involved with the Club/Organisation who are eligible for a check may use England Hockey.

Our DBS applications are now processed online by TMG CRB. Click here for a link to their website and to find out more information.

There is new DBS guidance available and other guidance documents on the right hand side of this page. At the moment they still refer to CRB rather than DBS; new forms will be added as soon as they are available.

For individual applications please contact your Club Welfare Officer (CWO) for more information.

Once registered and the CWO nominated on behalf of the club has completed a DBS check, they can verify identification documents and DBS forms for any members, volunteers or professional staff that are working with young people within their Club/Organisation.

The below individuals are able to verify your documents; please contact them directly to arrange a meeting. Please note regional staff can only authorise CWO DBS forms and not individual forms.

England Hockey verifiers

East Region
Andy Dale
Charlie Farrow

Midland Region
Elaina Leithead
Simon Dowdy

North Region
Jaspal Panesar
Heather Douglas

South Region
Natalie Beckett
Lucy Moore

West Region
Jenny Mitchell
Barbara Reynolds

Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Marlow
DBS Administrator (Dianne Ward)

Ethics and Compliance Officer (Sam Hunt)


If you already have a England Hockey DBS disclosure and you are moving to a new club please complete the Portability form on the right hand side and give it to your new CWO.

If you would like to discuss any of the above further or seek clarification on the process please contact Dianne Ward, DBS Coordinator, on 01628 897516 or dianne.ward@englandhockey.co.uk

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