DBS checking service

We provide an efficient and affordable service offering standard or enhanced checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for any type of organisation in Somerset, and across England and Wales.

We are a Registered Body with the DBS and can carry out checks on your behalf. Please email DBS@SPARKSOMERSET.ORG.UK to discuss your requirements. 

If you have signed up as a Sponsor with the Homes for Ukraine Scheme and you would like information on DBS checks, please click HERE

What's included in our DBS service? 

  • 1:1 support from our dedicated DBS manager  

  • Support to establish role eligibility and with the ID checking and application process  

  • We’ll monitor the progress of your applications with the DBS  

  • We’ll notify you when certificates have been dispatched to your applicant  

How much does it cost?

Voluntary and charity groups

Commercial and statutory bodies

We will ensure you have everything you will need to process the application for an enhanced or standard level check for your applicant and can provide ID checking on request.  

If you are a new customer, we can offer training and support to ensure your applications are compliant with DBS guidance.  

To discuss your DBS requirements and find out how Spark Somerset can help please email dbs@sparksomerset.gov.uk.

For more information about the DBS in general please visit the Government webpage.  

Want more information?

Here are some links to useful information on the Disclosure and Barring Service.

DBS Code of Practice

Applicant's guide to completing the DBS application form

ID Checking guidelines for DBS check applications  

Guidance on examining Identity Documents

DBS Update Service: employer guide

DBS Update Service: applicant guide

I have found Spark Somerset’s DBS service so efficient; Leonie was friendly and helpful and answered any questions I had about the process and other safeguarding concerns. I would thoroughly recommend it.

Annie, Langport & Huish Youth Group


Please note, individuals and the self-employed cannot apply for an enhanced or standard DBS check for themselves, as they cannot ask an exempted question of themselves. A self-employed person who is eligible for a DBS check can ask the organisation that wishes to contract their services to apply for their DBS check, or individuals can get a basic check from the Disclosure and Barring Service, which provides details of any ‘unspent’ convictions.