Before you are able to start volunteering with ReachOut you will need to undergo a DBS check (criminal records check) by completing a short online application before making an appointment with the relevant Volunteer Officer in your location.

How do I complete the online DBS application?

To complete the online form you will need to click on one of the links below, depending on your volunteering location. Follow the instructions and submit your application.

London: DBS Application

Manchester/Liverpool/Oldham: DBS Application

You will also need to have 3 forms of valid ID; mentors typically use their passport, drivers license (we can accept provisional licenses) and a recent utility bill or bank statement. For a full list of the IDs we can accept click here.

What is the DBS process?

  • Fill in the online DBS application form (using one of the links above)
  • Bring your three ID documents to your mentor training session to be verified by a Volunteer Officer, or sort out an alternative
  • Your DBS application will be submitted by ReachOut
  • You will receive your DBS certificate in the post to your home address
  • Be sure to take your DBS certificate along with you to your first project session!

How do I make an appointment to get my ID verified? 

Once you have completed your online DBS application please bring along your documents to your training session. If you do not have your documents with you at training, you will need to make an appointment with the person who delivers your training to have your ID documents verified at our offices.

I already have a DBS check, will ReachOut accept it? 

ReachOut can accept external DBS checks (i.e. DBS checks not conducted by ReachOut) if they were conducted within the last six months, are enhanced and are valid for working with a child workforce.