The National Trust is the latest organisation to receive free specialised training and support from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to help keep its staff, volunteers and visitors safe.
More than 70 National Trust staff have already undergone specialist DBS training in a series of workshops that have taken place across England and Wales.
DBS helps employers make safer recruitment decisions each year by processing and issuing DBS checks (previously known as criminal record checks) for England, Wales, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. DBS also maintains the Adults’ and Children’s Barred Lists for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and makes considered decisions as to whether an individual should be included on one or both of these lists, and barred from engaging in regulated activity.
The training provided to The National Trust, which has 10,000 staff and nearly 50,000 volunteers, aimed to provide a better understanding of DBS checks. Sessions covered a basic overview of when a new staff member or volunteer may be eligible for a DBS check, what information the checks provide and when an organisation has a duty or power to make a Barring referral.
These training sessions have been delivered by the DBS Partnerships and Engagement team, who offer support to organisations at both a national and regional level.
Last year, within the Partnerships and Engagement team, the Regional Outreach service was launched. This service provides organisations with a single point of contact for all DBS-related queries and questions, as well as the opportunity to access tailored, DBS training for their staff. The team also collates feedback to ensure future improvements can be made to DBS services and processes.
Natalie Benton, Executive Director of Strategy and Performance for the Disclosure and Barring Service said:
“The Disclosure and Barring Service’s Partnerships and Engagement Team is committed to working with organisations so we can keep the most vulnerable in our society safe. By providing advice and training to organisations, we can provide their staff with a more comprehensive understanding of DBS checks and Barring referrals which will ultimately lead to organisations making safer recruitment choices.“
Sara Bird, National Safeguarding Lead at The National Trust, said:
“As the Trust continue to welcome large numbers of visitors to our places as well as forming partnerships and engagement opportunities with adults, young people and children, it’s imperative we offer a safe environment. Our work with the DBS gives assurance and instils confidence in creating a safe space for all.”
More information about the Partnership and Engagement team at DBS, and how they can support organisations can be found on gov.uk/dbs.