Information for Club Officers and Helpers
If you are a coach, assistant coach, team manager, committee or management team member, captain or vice captain of any team or any type of volunteer who has regular contact with anyone under 18 you must get a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. Junior helpers age 16 or above must also be DBS checked.
The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged into the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) so that what used to be referred to as a 'CRB check' is now a 'DBS check.'
Our DBS Liaison Officer, can help guide you through the DBS process (described below). You can see what documents you will need to provide on the DBS website page:
Please note that a DBS is specific to the organisation for which you are having it done - if you have a DBS from another organisation that is not affiliated with England Hockey (eg a school), you will still need one for Guildford Hockey Club. This is a characteristic of the DBS system and England Hockey, not Guildford Hockey Club.
If you have a DBS that has been done through a hockey club or hockey association that can be "ported" through England Hockey to GHC.
In addition to the policies and forms listed above, the following policies and forms need to be read, agreed to and completed for those needing to complete their DBS for Guildford Hockey club:
- 3 Application Form for Positions Working with Young People in Hockey
- 4 Role Acceptance Form
- 5 Reference Form for Positions Working with Young People in Hockey
A further list of resource documents from England Hockey covering child protection is here below. It is important that all coaches, team captains and anyone working with Juniors read these carefully:
- Care of young People
- Guidelines on use of changing rooms and facilities
- How to implement anti-bullying procedures at the local level
- Best practice for planning trips involving junior players
- Best practices to ensure your recruitment is as safe as possible
- Safeguarding and protecting young people at local level
- Think before you post - Rules for the use of Social Networking sites
- Supervising and communicating with young people
- Ensure safe and legitimate photography around young people
- How to create a safe environment for the transportation of young people
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Eligibility Guidance
- Vetting checks for overseas coaches
- DBS Portability Form