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DBS Checking Service

The WSA’s DBS Checking service provides an online criminal records check, as part of our commitment to safeguarding in sport and physical activity.

The service is available to any organisation which is eligible to conduct such checks, for volunteers and paid staff alike.

A Criminal Records Check should form an important part of your safeguarding and welfare policies but should not, at any time, be considered a solution in isolation to a host of other robust safeguarding prevention measures.  For further information on policy please see our Safeguarding pages.

What we offer:

  • Helpline
  • No set up or Annual fees
  • A personalised database to manage your checks
  • A host of free management tools
  • Online tracking
  • Electronic notification of criminal history
  • Average completion times of 5 days
  • Outstanding customer service and support

What we charge:

 Fees and Charges *** Excluding VAT Paid Staff Volunteer
New Checks
Basic Disclosure : DBS Fee* £25.00 £25.00
Standard Disclosure : DBS Fee* £26.00 £0
Enhanced Disclosure : DBS Fee* £44.00 £0
Administration Fee (WSA Member)*** £4.50 £4.50
Administration Fee (WSA Non-Member, not-for-profit)*** £5.50 £5.50
Administration Fee (Commercial Rate)*** £10.00 £10.00
 Route 2 ID Check ***  £6.40  £6.40
Annual Update Service**
DBS Fee £13.00 £0
Administration Fee (WSA Member)*** £3.00 £3.00
Administration Fee (WSA Non-Member)*** £3.50 £3.50
Administration Fee (Commercial Rate)*** £4.00 £4.00

*Standard Government Charge

**This fee will be charged on an annual basis until notification to remove applicant from update service is made in writing. The initial fee will cover the cost of registering for our online service and each subsequent annual fee will cover the cost of an annual check. A request to add an application to the update service can only be made at the time at which a request for a new check is made, which will also be subject to the new check fees as described above.

*** Excluding VAT (VAT chargeable on administration fees)

Who is eligible to be checked?

Not everyone is eligible to be checked. If you are unsure if your organisation has the right to ask a member of staff or volunteer to undergo a check, please click on the government link below for the most up to date eligibility criteria. A Guide to Eligibility for DBS Checks.

10 things to know about Background Screening


Understanding your Obligations

Please see the link below to ascertain the obligations of your organisation, WSA and those of CBS in relation to GDPR.  Please share this document with those in your organisation that are involved with the DBS service to ensure they are aware of their obligations under GDPR. Responsibility Schedule WSA.


Register for our Service:

Once you have completed our pre-registration application below, a member of our team will be in touch.  Please note that it is your responsibility to read the Guide to Eligibility for DBS Checks and confirm to us that you believe that your organisation is eligible to conduct checks. If your organisation is accepted onto our programme, a welcome pack will be issued to you by email, which will include our terms of business. On accepting and signing up to our terms, you’ll be ready to start using the system.


Organisation status = Sport, Charity, Not for profit, Commercial

Contact Name (required)

Organisation Name

Organisation Status (Sport, Charity, Not for profit, Commercial)


Your Email (required)

Office Phone Number

Mobile Phone Number

Brief description of your organisation

Please confirm you have read the guide to eligibility for DBS checks and declare your organisation is eligible to conduct checks.

Estimated number of checks processed per annum