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DBS checks are criminal record checks.  It is permitted to ask for a certificate of a person's spent and unspent criminal records and cautions if they are involved in certain specific roles.  One of these roles is working with children.  Scouts requires all members who are working with children and young people to provide a DBS check and to update it every 5 years.  Committee members (trustees) must also have a DBS check.

Some roles in which there is not regular work with children, eg Administrators and Vice-Presidents, are not permitted to obtain a DBS check for that role.


This process is undertaken through the Scouts membership system called Compass and the partner organisation "Atlantic".  The applicant must provide sufficient of the specified documents to verify their identity.  The process is undertaken by entry into an online system.  

Help is available

Your Group Scout leader or District Appointments Secretary should be able to provide the guidance and assistance that you need.  Members who support County Scouting should ask County Office for assistance.

 A summary page about the ID Requirements 

A form for checking ID remotely:   Editable PDF Version
HQ information page

HQ detailed Documents for Identity Verification