DBS renewal changes during COVID-19
These changes take into consideration the current likely ongoing impacts throughout the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
The temporary changes are outlined below, apply to DBS renewal checks for all roles in grassroots football.
- All DBS checks are paused whilst the national lockdown is in place. The FA will provide a further update on processing new DBS checks in due course when there is further clarity on when football activity will resume.
- Individuals whose DBS checks are due to expire between 1 October 2020 and 31 May 2021 will not be required to renew their DBS checks until 1 year after the scheduled date of expiry.
The FA’s proposed end date for extending checks is 31 May 2021, to ensure that if football does resume this season, the focus for clubs will be on ensuring they any new coaches/managers and referee have a DBS in place in the first instance and that those who have DBS expiring outside of this extension period are prioritised for DBS renewal which is a requirement for club affiliation and referee registration.
Please note that these changes are temporary, and The FA reserves the right to review and amend the position, including to reflect changes in legislation and/or statutory guidance with respect to COVID-19 and further clarity on when football activity will resume.