Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Guidance
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The RFU is committed to ensuring that all children enjoy rugby union in a safe and enjoyable environment. The RFU requires any individual engaged in a Regulated Activity to undertake a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check through their club in order to work with children or vulnerable adults in accordance with the RFU Regulation 21 (PDF 39kB).
The RFU has produced guidance relating to Regulated Activity and DBS eligibility (PDF 388kB) which allows clubs to ensure the relevant individuals are checked.
Having a criminal record does not automatically prohibit an individual from undertaking a role working with children or vulnerable adults. All DBS disclosures are handled confidentially, with every case treated on its own merit. A risk assessment is made by the RFU and applicants have an opportunity to give their explanation of any criminal record before a decision is made. The RFU has produced a policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders which provides further guidance.
The RFU operates an online eDBS application system. Clubs must register to use the eDBS application system. This system avoids the costs and delays of postage and is considerably faster than the paper system. Further information about the online eDBS system and guidance on how clubs can register is available on the following links:
In order to register for the online eDBS system please contact the RFU Safeguarding Team (PDF 149kB).
Applications for individuals engaging in their roles as volunteers are free of charge. However, if an individual is paid for their role (excluding out of pocket expenses); or if they are gaining a qualification (for example Duke of Edinburgh Award) from their participation, a fee of £44 per application is required before it is processed.