WSA set new record for DBS checks conducted in a single month 

WSA set new record for DBS checks conducted in a single month 

A new record was set in September, as the Welsh Sports Association (WSA) conducted more DBS checks in a single month than ever before since the service launched in 2016! 

The WSA had previously carried out 2,430 checks in the month prior to the first full, normal sporting season following COVID-19 lockdown regulations.  

That spike, however, has now been surpassed following a whopping 2,578 checks carried out in September 2023. 

This comes after the period between March 2022 and April 2023 which saw the most DBS checks carried out in a single year by the WSA – a whopping 17,697. 

The WSA is delighted to see the natural progression and growth of its DBS checking service, which has led to this spike with over 350 organisations currently taking advantage of the service. 

WSA CEO Andrew Howard commented: 

“The WSA is committed to developing the resilience and prosperity of the sport and leisure sector and is proud to offer a service which is uniquely bilingual and crucially cost-effective for members and non-members alike. 

“Our DBS checking service has been vital to the sport and leisure sector, and beyond, since its launch seven years ago and provides organisations across the UK with a brilliant solution to a necessary safeguarding duty. 

“The service is fantastic value for all organisations – in, and out, of sport – and this is reflected in the continuous growth we’ve seen since the service launched!” 

The service originally debuted in 2016, when the then-DBS service for sport and leisure was announced to cease. 

In response, the WSA then set up its own service, a white label solution utilising economies of scale to drive down costs, via Complete Background Screening (CBS) – an industry-leading DBS check and pre-employment screening company. 

Ever since, the WSA has been proud to provide a cost-effective, efficient solution to a key part in the safeguarding journey of all clubs, facilities and organisations. 

It is also Wales’ only bilingual DBS service, as well as being tested and approved by the Ministry of Justice and The Home Office and endorsed by both Welsh Government and the NSPCC. 

The WSA encourages all organisations across the UK to go through its DBS checking service, which boasts an administration fee of just £5.50 with members benefitting from discounted rates. All profits are also reinvested back into sport and leisure. 

Whether based in Wales or elsewhere, a sporting body or in another sector, the WSA DBS checking service is open for all to utilise. 

Learn more and get started with the WSA DBS checking service! 

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