Welsh DBS Digital Identity Checks
In the imminent future, the safeguarding process will experience a potentially pioneering progression with the emergence of DBS digital identity checks. The Welsh Sports Association (WSA), via our trading arm Vibrant Nation, will be extending its uniquely bilingual DBS service for sport and leisure in order to cater for this new solution, offering the digital identity checks in Welsh.
The WSA is the only provider of a fully bilingual system and service in Wales, and even offer a bilingual helpline as part of our commitment to ensuring sport and physical activity is safe for everyone to enjoy.
Our system is entirely web-based and can be accessed from any location, any time. With a growing client base of over 200 organisations, we can also provide lower costs through economies of scale, while discounted rates are also a benefit of WSA membership.
Tested and approved by the Ministry of Justice and The Home Office, it has also been endorsed by both Welsh Government and the NSPCC, so rest assured that our service is up-to-date and of the highest quality.
And with the arrival of digital identity checks, our service is set for an extension very soon.
Once the solution is available to go live, people will be able to access bilingual digital identity checks as part of our DBS service immediately! And, while it’s a big project for those involved, we could see the innovative supplementation come into action as early as the end of April.
While its effectuation date is still uncertain, though, we know that this mammoth implementation will quickly become common practice and significantly improve processes, completion times, and ultimately enhance safeguarding.
This is not to say that it’s the digital way or the highway, however! For those wanting to continue with face-to-face ID checking, this will also remain an option to you; there is no mandatory requirement to switch to digital ID checking.
For DBS ID checking guidelines, click here.
For COVID-19-enforced changes to DBS ID checking guidelines, click here.
Over the coming weeks, there will be more updates available and, in the meantime, the link below provides information issued by the UK Government which offers a more in-depth look at the scheme and its objectives:
If you have any further questions regarding these developments, please do not hesitate to contact the WSA team!
Please also note that you don’t need to be a member of the WSA to complete your DBS Check with us. If your organisation is interested in the service, please contact the team, or complete the application form on the Vibrant Nation website – here.