Safeguarding Vetting Checks
We are pleased to announce that the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) now offers an accessible screening solution as an umbrella organisation for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, England and Wales).
RLSS UK has a consistent and strong track record in processing vetting applications, specifically in the aquatic and leisure industry. We currently process in excess of 1,000 vetting checks each year and offer a variety of practical and accessible solutions to facilitate your check.
Our checks and what does it cost?
Standard DBS Check
£26 + £12.95 admin fee – total £38.95
A standard DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is an in-depth background check used to verify if a candidate is suitable to hire for work in a specific industry.
Enhanced DBS Check
£44 + £12.95 admin fee – total £56.95
An Enhanced DBS is the highest level required for positions that can involve caring for, training, supervising or being in sole charge of children or adults.
RLSS UK also offers screening under the PVG (Scotland) and Access NI (Northern Ireland) schemes. Please contact [email protected] to discuss your requirements. All prices are charged at the organisation’s regular fee plus £12.95 admin fee.
Processing time is different for each application and the completion time can vary. Checks can take longer if:
- The details given for the check are incorrect or incomplete
- Several police forces need to be involved in the check
The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) published a briefing in 2017 to assist pool operators, managers and staff to establish a consistent approach to decisions about the eligibility of pool lifeguards for DBS Checks. Click here to read the briefing.
- What checks do I need to provide? – The DBS briefing outlines guidance and criteria for eligibility checks on lifeguards.
- Do I need to go through an Umbrella Organisation to check lifeguards? – Organisations have two options to provide vetting checks. You can choose to use an umbrella organisation or go through the process to become a registered body, providing you meet the relevant criteria. Check the DBS website for more information
- Whose responsibility is it to check Lifeguards – Lifeguards require a check when they are actively engaged in employment or volunteering. As part of the employment process it’s the employer’s responsibility to decide whether, in light of the guidance provided, their employees (paid or volunteers) are undertaking regulated activity with children, or are otherwise in roles eligible for a DBS check without the barred list check.
How to register
- Register your organisation with RLSS UK using the form here.
- We will contact you with further details to complete your registration and explain our next steps.
- We will post out some forms to you, talking you through the process.
- Give the form to the applicant/s to fill in.
- The applicant/s will return the completed form to you along with documents proving their identity.
- Send the completed application for the attention of:
RLSS UK Safeguarding Case Officer
Red Hill House
227 London Road
- DBS will send a certificate to the applicant. The applicant is then required to show you (the organisation) their certificate so you can keep a record. NB: Certificates will not be sent directly to you as the employer, or RLSS UK as the administrator. Forms will be sent directly to the individual.