Disclosure Checks

A key safeguard is ensuring the people who work and volunteer at the Group have received a satisfactory Disclosure Check (or equivalent).

It is a requirement of RDA Membership that all volunteers who are eligible complete the relevant DBS (England and Wales)/ PVG (Scotland)/Access NI (Northern Ireland) checks.

RDA UK is an umbrella body and can carry out checks for RDA Groups except those in Scotland which are currently carried out through Horse Scotland. There is no requirement to use RDA UK or Horse Scotland to complete a check, if the RDA Group feels there is a more convenient local method of completing the check.

Who Is Eligible To Be Checked?

You must not ask those involved with your Group to be checked unless their role makes them eligible for one.  You must also explain why they are being checked and where they can get independent advice. To find out who is eligible, please click here.

What Does It Cost?

The checks themselves are provided free of charge for volunteers, however there is an RDA administration fee of £8 per paper application submitted.  Please note that a further DBS charge of £44  is required for checks where the applicant is a paid employee of the Group and not a volunteer, therefore RDA charge  £52 per paper application.

DBS checks online 

RDA can now accommodate DBS checks online. For more information on how to apply online, please click here.

Page Last Updated: January 4, 2018