Most clubs will be aware that during the past few months, access to the online DBS portal for initiating and then verifying DBS applications has been limited to Primary users (The County Board in Wiltshire’s case) with all DBS verifications conducted remotely via video calls.
The ECB, in preparation to return to professional and recreational cricket, has made the decision in line with government guidelines and the lifting of restrictions, to offer the opportunity to return to face to face verifications. In doing so they have created the guidance attached to support this process.
This guidance has been produced in line with the Government guidance issued on 4 July 2020, which sees the easing of lockdown restrictions on gatherings, public spaces, and outdoor activities and the phased return of sport. This also sees the government change social distancing advice to “one metre plus”, where 2m social distancing is not possible” . This means that face-to-face ID document verification can now take place as long as the verifier and those requiring their ID to be verified observe all Government guidelines.
Please remember that as a verifier, it is your choice whether you feel comfortable to carry out face to-face ID checks at this time. You should not feel pressure to do so by anyone. We are aware that a number of individuals may still be shielding and feel that it is not the appropriate time for them to return to face to face verifications.
If a Club Welfare Officer does not feel that they can carry out the face to face verification, then applicants should please contact Wiltshire Cricket and we will be able to assist you in completing the necessary checks.
Please remember new volunteers must not start working unsupervised with children until their DBS Check is confirmed by the ECB.
Please read the guidance attached in detail
If you are a Club Welfare Officer who is not currently an online DBS verifier please let firstname.lastname@example.org know and he can assist you in becoming a verifier for your club.