British Triathlon to resume DBS service


From the 18 July 2020 British Triathlon will resume its DBS service to enable coaches, volunteers and others operating within regulated activity to complete the process to obtain a DBS certificate.

In April, British Triathlon took the decision to temporarily suspend processing of all new DBS applications, all DBS renewals and any applications where documentation was not yet verified.

This decision was made in light of the UK government’s requirement to socially distance which prevented face-to-face verification and the demand on the DBS service due to the Covid-19 health crisis.

With resumption of elements of triathlon activity, there is a requirement for coaches to have a DBS in place, with the British Triathlon DBS service resuming from 18 July to enable coaches and volunteers to complete the process and application for a DBS certificate.

Applications will be made in the normal manner, however, due to social distancing measures, it is necessary to implement changes to the face-to-face ID checking process. Face-to-face ID document verification can still take place as long as the verifier and those requiring their ID to be verified observe all government guidelines.

If you have one or more than one person’s documents to verify, you must ensure that social distancing is maintained or you may wish to prepare an appointment system to see one at a time. Any ID verification for under-18s must be done with a parent/carer or other trusted adult present, and they must also follow government guidelines.

All applicants and verifiers are required to follow and adhere to guidance below regarding face-to-face verification.


  • Stay at least two metres (three steps) away from anyone you don’t live with when outside your home
  • Wear disposable gloves to avoid direct handling of documents to be verified
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use alcohol-based hand gel, if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Take plastic bags for the removal of waste. Secure them by tying and placing in a second collection bag, any disposables e.g. tissues, gloves for safe disposal later
  • Wash your hands as soon as you can and when you get home
  • Remind the person/people attending of the documents they need to bring. This will reduce the need for a second contact
  • Remind anyone coming for document verification not to attend if they feel unwell, have a temperature or cough, or should be isolating as a person in their home is unwell


  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Meet if either party is feeling unwell and/or is displaying possible Covid-19 symptoms


British Triathlon remains committed to ensuring all children and young people are able to take part in the sport in a safe and enjoyable environment. Any coach, volunteer or paid member of staff carrying out regulated activity with U18s (in accordance with DBS guidance) is required to have a satisfactory Enhanced with Barred List check carried out before they take their session with children or young people, and the DBS check must be renewed every 3 years.

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