Child Welfare - ERSA Guidelines
Snowsport England uses the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure service to check the background and assess the suitability of anyone applying for a position of trust, including coaches, officials, volunteers and anyone who has either direct contact with or responsibility for children or vulnerable people.
A Disclosure is a document containing details of a person’s criminal record drawn from national police records. It may also include details from lists held by government departments, plus checks against local police records.
In its use of Disclosures, Snowsport England complies fully with the DBS Code of Practice, which is intended to ensure that the information released will be used fairly, and also that sensitive personal information is handled and stored appropriately and is kept for only as long as necessary.
Snowsport England complies fully with its obligations under the Data Protection Act and other relevant legislation regarding the safe handling, use, storage, retention and disposal of Disclosure information. Snowsport England has a policy in relation to recruitment of ex-offenders and this is available either directly from Snowsport England Officers. The holding of a criminal record, including conviction, caution, warning or reprimand will not necessarily exclude you from participating or holding a position within the sport.
Application for a DBS check will normally take between 2 days and 3 weeks (but may take longer) after which the DBS will just send you a copy of the certificate. See Snowsport England website for further information, http://www.snowsportengland.org.uk/AboutUs/Governance.aspx.
A DBS Enhanced Disclosure is always preferred above the self-declaration, which at best should be an interim measure. More information and guidelines are available in the download area of the SnowSport England website.