Supporting your group to protect the most vulnerable

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks


If your organisation needs to DBS check volunteers or staff, Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) can help.

DBS Checking

The government has produced a safeguarding and DBS factsheet for community volunteers during covid-19 outbreak.  For up to date information on the government advice click: DBS Guidance.  

Unfortunately at this time LCVS is currently unable to offer its usual DBS checking service due to the need for a wet signature on paperwork.  We have been advised through our networks that offers a suitable online alternative for groups needing to access DBS checking services during this period.

LCVS remains able to offer advice about the need for DBS checking as well as safeguarding information, policy templates etc.

Car insurance for volunteers helping out: If you are using your own car for voluntary purposes to transport medicines or groceries to support others who are impacted by Covid-19, your cover will not be affected. You do not need to contact your insurer to update your documents or extend your cover. This applies to all categories of NHS Volunteer Responders, including transporting patients, equipment, or other essential supplies. (Karl Wilding- NCVO)

The ICO has produced updated guidance around community groups and COVID-19: what you need to know about data protection.

LCVS is a registered umbrella body for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau and Independent Safeguarding Authority.

If you complete less than 100 checks a year you can’t register directly with DBS and must use an umbrella body.

We have officers local to you – in Boston, East Lindsey, South Holland and South Kesteven – who can assist with your application..

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What documents do you need?

To enable us to process the DBS check application, you must supply some identity documents and background information.

All documents must be originals – copies will not be accepted. Unsure of what documents you need to bring? Check the DBS Documents page for a list of acceptable documents.

If an individual does not have an acceptable form of documentation they will be required to have an External Validation Check.

This check has an additional administrative fee of £10. Please note: We can only accept valid, current and original documentation.

For further guidance or assistance with your DBS check application get in touch with us.

At LCVS, we have officers in Boston, East Lindsey, South Kesteven and South Holland who are able to help with your application.

Find details of the documents you will need and further guidelines here: DBS check documents

You can also read more here: DBS checks overview

Register with LCVS

By joining Lincolnshire CVS you and your community group will be part of an organisation dedicated to creating a thriving voluntary sector throughout Lincolnshire. We are committed to supporting, promoting and representing you and your community group or organisation.

Contact Us

If you have any enquiries about our organisation or would like to find out more about one of our services, please do get in touch.

For general enquiries please call (01205) 510888 or email

For more information on our area offices, see the Contact Us page