Q: Do I need a DBS check? A: Whether you need a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check or not will depend on the volunteer role you will be undertaking; usually this will be when you are volunteering for an opportunity that requires working with vulnerable people such as children, the elderly, or people with mental health difficulties. This is a government-run service that checks whether you have a Criminal Record or are on the DBS Barred List. The DBS check is free for volunteers that need it. Further information can be found on the Disclosure & Barring website or look at our guide.