The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is now called the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - CRB checks are now called DBS checks.
This page contains British Weight Lifting policy on the use of the Disclosure and Barring Service. All clubs, associations and individuals are bound by this policy.
British Weight Lifting is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all young people to participate in weightlifting and disability powerlifting. It is important that people with a history of relevant and significant offending are prevented from contact with/responsibility for young people and do not have the opportunity to influence policies or practice in relation to them.
The use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks can assist with safeguarding young people in weightlifting and disability powerlifting at the point of recruitment. DBS checks can also be used retrospectively, where necessary, to assist with ensuring a safe and positive environment in weightlifting and disability powerlifting. Use of DBS checks will therefore form part of the assessment of a person’s suitability to work with young people in weightlifting and disability powerlifting.
This policy should be read in conjunction with British Weight Lifting’s Policy on Recruitment, Selection and Retention of Persons with Access to Young People, British Weight Lifting’s Policy on the Recruitment of Ex-offenders and British Weight Lifting’s Policy on Secure Storage, Handling, Use, Retention and Disposal of DBS Information.
Type of Check
What it will Check For
How Long it Normally Takes
Spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands, final warnings.
About 2 weeks
As above - plus any additional information held locally by police forces that’s reasonably considered relevant to the post applied for.
About 4 weeks
Enhanced with list checks -
As above - plus a check of the appropriate DBS barred lists.
About 4 weeks
An enhanced disclosure will contain information about criminal offences including convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings. It will detail ALL previous convictions etc. including those usually regarded as ‘spent’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and ‘Barring List’ decisions.
If you have applied to and have received confirmation from the police that a repealed offence has been removed from the PNC, a repealed offence that has been removed from the PNC will not appear on a DBS certificate.
The Weightlifting and Disability Powerlifting Community Duty
Everyone within the weightlifting and disability powerlifting community must act in accordance with British Weight Lifting’s Policy on Safeguarding and Protecting Young People and the principles set out in the Policy on the use of DBS Disclosures. All affiliated clubs and associations must adopt and implement:
- the use of DBS checks in accordance with:
- British Weight Lifting’s Policy on Safeguarding and Protecting Young People
- British Weight Lifting’s Policy on the use of DBS Disclosures
- the supporting good practice guidance
- the recruitment of ex-offenders
- the secure storage, handling, use, retention and disposal of DBS information.
How British Weight Lifting can help
British Weight Lifting is committed to supporting its affiliated clubs and associations to implement policies through the provision of appropriate access to education and training, and supporting documentation.
British Weight Lifting is a registered body for DBS checks. This means that British Weight Lifting will facilitate DBS checks for all affiliated clubs and associations through the British Weight Lifting DBS Service. British Weight Lifting will provide advice to clubs where the DBS check reveals disclosed information, and this must be followed. Clubs and associations should note that they will remain responsible for all other aspects of the recruitment process.
British Weight Lifting is also committed to ensuring that concerns relating to the use of DBS checks in weightlifting and disability powerlifting are taken seriously and acted upon swiftly and appropriately. To achieve this, British Weight Lifting has developed procedures for reporting concerns, set out in Section 5: Recognising and Responding to Disclosure, Suspicions and Allegations and Reporting Procedures. British Weight Lifting may refer concerns to the relevant statutory agencies, instigate proceedings under its own Safeguarding and Protecting Young People Complaints and Disciplinary Regulations or refer the matter to a club or association for resolution as appropriate.
British Weight Lifting may instigate proceedings under its Safeguarding and Protecting of Young People Complaints and Disciplinary Regulations where affiliated clubs and associations fail to adopt, implement or act in accordance with relevant policies. British Weight Lifting may also require an individual against whom an investigation is proceeding under the Safeguarding and Protecting of Young People Complaints and Disciplinary Regulations, to undergo a DBS check as part of the investigation.
All clubs, associations and organisations within the weightlifting and disability powerlifting community should have an understanding of the use of DBS checks in weightlifting and disability powerlifting and their relation to good practice in recruitment and retention of staff and volunteers, and should know what British Weight Lifting’s policy is on DBS checks.
- In accordance with British Weight Lifting’s Policy on Recruitment, Selection and Retention of Persons with Access to Young People, when recruiting to a position involving access to young people an Enhanced DBS check must be undertaken through British Weight Lifting’s DBS Service.
- In line with DBS policy and sports industry standard practice, British Weight Lifting will not recognise DBS checks obtained through other organisations.
- All affiliated clubs and associations must comply with the DBS Code of Practice. British Weight Lifting will assist clubs in compliance through relevant documentation and good practice guidance.
- Where a DBS check will be required, all application forms, job advertisements and related documents issued by affiliated clubs and associations must contain a statement that a check will be requested in the event of the individual being offered the position if applicable to the role to be undertaken.
- Given the potentially sensitive nature of information contained on DBS checks, all those involved in the process must maintain confidentiality in accordance with the DBS Code of Practice. Breach of this condition may result in disciplinary action being taken in accordance with British Weight Lifting’s Safeguarding and Protecting of Young People Complaints and Disciplinary Regulations.
- Should a DBS disclosure reveal any history of offending, British Weight Lifting will assess whether the offences are relevant and significant. All decisions taken will be in the best interests of young people and will balance the relevance and significance of the offence and rehabilitation of the offender in relation to the role they are undertaking. British Weight Lifting will advise the individual and the club or organisation of the outcome of this assessment process.
This advice must be followed.
- British Weight Lifting will ensure that all those involved in the process of decision making regarding the relevance of DBS disclosed information will be trained to identify and assess the relevance and circumstances of offences. They should also have received appropriate guidance and training in the relevant legislation relating to the employment of ex-offenders, e.g. the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
- Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar an individual from working or volunteering in weightlifting and disability powerlifting. This will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of their offences. Factors that may be taken into account would include:
- whether the information received is relevant to the position they are applying for in relation to working with young people
- the seriousness of any offence or other matter
- the age of the person at the time of the offence
- the age of the victim involved and whether the offence was violent or sexual in nature
- the length of time since the offence or other matter occurred
- whether the applicant has a pattern of offending behaviour or other relevant matters
- whether the offence involved a breach of trust
- whether the applicant’s circumstances have changed since the offending behaviour or other relevant matters
- the circumstances surrounding the offence and the explanations offered.
All decisions will be made in good faith whilst recognising that the welfare of young people remains paramount.
British Weight Lifting will work with other relevant organisations to ensure that decisions are made according to best practice in the use of evidence and research in this field.
- On receipt of DBS information regarding significant and relevant offending or other matters, British Weight Lifting may initiate proceedings under its Safeguarding Young People Complaints and Disciplinary Regulations.
- Any information provided to British Weight Lifting by the DBS will be accepted as correct. Any dispute regarding information contained on a DBS check should be referred by the individual directly to the DBS.
- If you wish to register a dispute please use the forms available on this page and send them to the DBS directly.