Volunteering & Fundraising

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

DBS Evidence checks: Every Wednesday 3pm-4pm from 3rd January to 28th March, MR1 at Guy's Campus

What is a DBS and why do I need one?

If you are volunteering through your KCLSU student society with under 18s it is a legal requirement that you have a valid Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) certificate from KCLSU or King's. This means your criminal record will be checked, alongside the identification documents you have provided, to ensure you don't have a criminal history.

You only need a DBS check if you are working 1 on 1 with a young person under 18. You no longer need DBS checks for vulnerable people or volunteering in groups. We can only process DBS checks for KCLSU approved volunteering opportunities.

What do you need?

You will need to bring your 3 forms of ID to the KCLSU Hub at Guy's. Just give your name at the student centre and they will book you in for an appointment between 3-4pm. You cannot book in advance, you'll need to turn up on the day.

Please sign in with the Guy's Student Centre desk for a 10 minute slot from 2pm. It's probably best to get here as early as possible to avoid missing an appointment slot during that week.

The DBS system is now online, your ID will still need to be checked in person but after we have checked your ID you will be given a password and you'll need to fill in your address history on a computer after the appointment.

Remember: for the check you'll need your address history for the past five years, with no more than a one-month gap.

What ID will you need?

  • Passport
  • UK Driving License (full or provisional - plastic part only)
  • Proof of current term-time address issued within the last 3 months (i.e.utility bill, tax letter, bank statement)

Unfortunately, we no longer can accept letters from the Compass as proof of address. You'll need to go to your local bank and change your address and then print a bank statement. This can be done very quickly,

Don't have that ID? Check here for alternative identification documents.

How long does a DBS check take to be processed?

This really does vary and can take anything from two to eight weeks to be processed. Most organisations will allow you to participate while your DBS check is in progress so long as you're working with someone else holding a DBS. This is at the discretion of the organisation so it's best to check first with whoever is in charge.

If you've been waiting more than eight weeks please contact DBS directly on 0300 0200 190 quoting your form reference number.


If you have any questions or are unsure about any of the processes, please contact DBS directly: 0300 0200 190 or head over to their website.


Contact Us

Get in touch with the Volunteering Team:

Email volunteering@kclsu.org

Phone 0207 848 4588