DBS Checking

ECB is firmly committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for children to enjoy the game.

It is essential that cricket clubs follow Safer Recruitment practices to ensure all staff and volunteers in cricket are suitable for their role, appropriately vetted and supported by their club.

As part of Safer Recruitment practice, clubs should consider taking the following measures:

All organisations working with children have safeguarding responsibilities and clear requirements placed upon them by legislation.

This applies whether you are a club, league, panel or another organisation. Legislation exists to ensure safer recruitment practices are followed, including DBS checks for those in regulated activity.

The roles in cricket that require an ECB Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are:

All Stars / Dynamos Children’s Helper   All Stars / Dynamos Children’s Activator
Assistant Coach Captain / Vice captain  
Club Safeguarding Officer   Coach  
Coach Support Worker   Coaching Ambassador 
County Safeguarding Officer  First Aid Responder
Junior Supervisor   Juniors / Colts Manager  
League Safeguarding Officer   Physiotherapist  
Safeguarding Recruiter   Scorer  
Team Manager   Umpire  
Volunteer Coordinator   Children Academy Director  
Children’s Cricket Talent Scout   Masseur  
Medical Staff   Personal Development Manager 
Psychologist   Strength/Conditioning Coach 

All DBS applications should now be completed online. 

if you need to complete a DBS application, the following information is required:

  1. Full Name
  2. Date of Birth
  3. Preferred Email Address
  4. Club affiliation

Please email this information to your Club Safeguarding Officer who will be able to send you an online DBS application link, providing they are registered as an online DBS verifier.

If your CSO is not an online DBS verifier, email the contacts below with the above information and they will be able to set up a DBS application for you:

FAQs relating to DBS Checking

What if there is content on my DBS certificate?

All convictions, cautions and information on the DBS certificate are assessed for their relevance in respect of safeguarding children and an individual’s suitability to work with children. The assessment is carried out by the ECB Vetting Panel.

If you have content on your DBS certificate, the ECB Vetting Panel may request further information from you to ensure you are suitable to hold a position of trust in cricket.

The existence of any convictions and/or cautions will not necessarily prevent an individual from being involved in cricket, that will depend on the nature and circumstance of the information provided and will be vetted on a case-by-case basis.

Who will know about my criminal convictions?

DBS certificates containing content will only be seen by the ECB Safeguarding Team, this information will not be shared outside of the ECB Safeguarding Team, unless there is a need to share information with others in order to protect children.

All information is kept confidential and managed within a secure environment, in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act. Where information is shared, this is done in accordance with the requirements of ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2018/20’.

I have lived abroad. Can I apply for an ECB DBS certificate?

Yes, but you will need to provide a local police check or certificate of good conduct from your country of residence if you have lived abroad in the last five years. More information can be found here.

I currently live overseas. Can I apply for an ECB DBS?

Yes, applicants from overseas must complete the Non-UK resident vetting form and will require a local police check or certificate of good conduct. Download the form here.   

Can I use a DBS from another organisation?

No, a specific ECB DBS is required for anyone undertaking a regulated activity role in cricket. See the full list of roles above.

How long is my DBS Valid for?

All DBS checks are only valid for 12 months, this change took place in 2018 for Volunteers so any DBS applications after this time would have only been valid for 12months unless signed up to the Update Service.

Online Update Service – A large number of volunteers with DBS checks are now opted in to the online update service which means that on a yearly basis, with consent of the volunteer, a new check is carried out. This service keeps DBS certificates up to date by carrying out a quick, online status check to see if anything has changed on the certificate. This has the following benefits:

All applicants completing a DBS for a first time are invited to join the update service once their DBS certificate has been issued

If any volunteers have opted out of the update service, it means:

  1. They will need to complete a new DBS application every year
  2. They can visit https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service if they change their mind and wish to join the update service