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New NCVO partnership makes eDBS more affordable for charities


A new partnership will allow all NCVO members to access e-DBS Services at significantly reduced rates.

Charity BackRoom, a social enterprise which works with Atlantic Data to offer eDBS checks to small and medium-sized voluntary organisations, has partnered with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) to make this happen.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, previously known as CRB checks, may be needed for certain jobs or voluntary work.

Prices for DBS checks vary but through this new partnership arrangement the savings to the voluntary sector as a whole could amount to over 3 million pounds a year.

Antony Parke, Head of Business Services, Charity BackRoom said: “This partnership represents an excellent opportunity for the not-for-profit sector to embrace the benefits of technology. As well as being able to receive results and clearances much more quickly, organisations can also typically save money too. The combination of saving organisations time and money allows the redeployment of these very limited resources to boost frontline activities.”

Richard Williams, Director of Enterprise NCVO, said: “The charity sector carries out hundreds of thousands of DBS checks each year, on-line technologies have made the process much easier and more efficient, yet still the sector processes over 350,000 paper checks annually. NCVO are delighted to partner with Atlantic Data and Charity BackRoom to bring an affordable service to our members and we will look to informing and helping our members transition to on-line checks, to meet the government’s target of digital by default by 2018.”

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