I have had a DBS check carried out on a prospective volunteer and it has not come back clear. What should we do?

This will depend on the nature of the information that the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check reveals and the role that the volunteer would be performing. A spent criminal conviction shouldn’t necessarily prevent someone volunteering. However, if someone is applying to volunteer with children or vulnerable adults and a DBS check reveals they have been convicted or suspected of offences against them, then this will rule them out of the position.

Prospective volunteers can appeal the outcome of DBS checks in certain circumstances.

See the following links for more information:

Gov.uk - Appeals and disputes