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Criminal Records Disclosures

The RYA can help clubs and centres to access Criminal Records checks on volunteers or staff who will work with young people or vulnerable adults.  

For more information about criminal records checks, please see the relevant guidance which can be downloaded from the links on the right.

AccessNI in Northern Ireland operates an online application process.  Please see the guidance on the right for more information.

In Scotland, anyone whose role involves 'regulated work' should now be a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme, including those previously checked under the old Disclosure system.  Please see the guidance document on the right for more information. 

In England and Wales, when an applicant applies for a DBS check, they have the option of joining the online Update Service within 19 days of their certificate being issued. Future employers or voluntary organisations will be able to confirm online that no new information has been added and they will not have to fill in another form, provided that the original check was at the right level and for the same vulnerable group.  Registration for this service is free for volunteers and costs £13 per year for paid staff, in addition to the initial Disclosure fee.  This should be useful for people who work for several organisations.

For more information call 023 8060 4104 or e-mail

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