DBS checking service

We provide a quick and value for money Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) checks for people 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?

  • We will check your completed applications and send them to the DBS. 
  • We will monitor and track all applications on your behalf and notify you when the Disclosure has been released to your applicant.
  • We will provide dedicated support to deal with your queries by phone and/or email. 
  • We can provide training upon request.

How much does it cost?

Voluntary and charity groups

Commercial and statutory bodies

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

For a small voluntary organisation the DBS service offered by Spark is invaluable.

Compass Disability Services is an employer of over 50 staff and provider of independent living services. We have a need for a reliable, professional and cost effective DBS service. We have worked with Spark over the past four years to provide this service and continue to be very happy that our needs are being met.

Richard Pitman, CEO Compass Disability Service

Please note, individuals and the self-employed cannot apply for a DBS certificate of their own criminal record, 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