Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) is registered with the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) as an Umbrella Body and provides a service to its members by helping them gain access to Disclosures without the administrative burden.
To apply for a disclosure:
The member organisation must provide FACE with a written record of the name/s of people who will be verifying documentation and the name/s of people who will have access to disclosure information. Do note that passing on Disclosure information to others may be a criminal offence.
Organisations should have a written policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders. A copy of this policy should be given to all applicants for positions eligible for a Disclosure. A model policy is available from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-sample-policy-on-the-recruitment-of-ex-offenders
FACE can supply multiple copies of forms. Currently (March 2017), the cost to process these (by DBS) is £44 for enhanced disclosure. (From October 2009 only enhanced checks were available for anyone working with children or vulnerable adults.) In addition, FACE charges an administration fee of £30 + vat per disclosure application to non-FACE members. A discount is available for FACE member organisations. (See http://www.face-online.org.uk/membership.) FACE will invoice the organisation for the total amount. However, if you are a volunteer (receiving no payment for the work you do) there is no charge from DBS but you must tick the box under section x68 of the form which indicates you are a volunteer. Failure to tick this box means DBS will make a charge.
New DBS certificates are now transferable between roles providing the applicant joins the Update Service. Full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service
FACE has no role to play in the recruitment process of individual member organisations.