Protect your charity with APCS's comprehensive background checks. Our expert services help you make informed hiring decisions, safeguard your beneficiaries, and maintain trust.

As a charity organisation, your mission is to make a positive impact on society and help those in need. To achieve this goal, it is crucial to have a team of dedicated and trustworthy individuals who share your values and commitment to serving others. However, the process of recruiting staff and volunteers can be challenging, as it is essential to ensure the safety and well-being of your beneficiaries, as well as protect the reputation of your organisation.

This is where APCS comes in. Our comprehensive background check services are designed to help charities like yours make informed hiring decisions and minimise the risks associated with bringing new people on board. By conducting thorough screenings, you can have greater confidence in the integrity and suitability of your staff and volunteers, allowing you to focus on your core mission.

The Importance of DBS Checks for Charities

One of the most critical aspects of background screening for charities is the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This government-run service provides access to criminal record information, enabling organisations to make safer recruitment decisions. At APCS, we offer a range of DBS check options tailored to the specific needs of the charity sector:

  1. Basic DBS Checks: A Basic DBS check reveals an applicant’s unspent convictions or conditional cautions. This type of check is available to all job roles and sectors, providing a foundation for informed decision-making.

  2. Standard DBS Checks: A Standard DBS check discloses all spent and unspent convictions and cautions. These checks are available for specific job roles that meet DBS eligibility criteria, helping charities determine if an individual is suitable for a particular position.

  3. Enhanced DBS Checks: For roles involving direct work with children or vulnerable adults, such as carers or mentors, an Enhanced DBS check is essential. This level of check includes the same information as a Standard check, along with any additional relevant information held by local police forces. In eligible roles, barred list checks can also be requested as part of the Enhanced check.

By utilising the appropriate level of DBS check for each role within your charity, you can significantly reduce the risk of hiring individuals with a history of harmful behaviour, safeguarding those you serve and maintaining the trust of your supporters.

Beyond DBS: Additional Background Checks for Charities

While DBS checks form the cornerstone of background screening for charities, there are additional checks that can provide a more comprehensive picture of an applicant’s suitability. At APCS, we offer a range of complementary services to enhance your hiring process:

  1. Digital Identity Checks: Our cutting-edge Digital Identity Checks allow you to quickly and securely validate a prospective employee or volunteer’s identity. By leveraging smartphone technology and biometric data, this process eliminates the risk of forged documents and streamlines the verification process.

  2. Digital Right to Work Checks: Ensure compliance with UK Home Office regulations by verifying the eligibility of employees through our Digital Right to Work Checks. This innovative solution simplifies the vetting process for UK and Irish citizens, saving time and resources.

By combining these additional checks with the appropriate level of DBS screening, charities can build a robust and reliable background checking process that minimises risk and fosters trust.

The Benefits of Partnering with APCS

Choosing APCS as your background screening partner offers numerous advantages for your charity organisation:

  1. Expertise: Our team of experienced professionals understands the unique challenges and requirements of the charity sector. We can guide you through the complexities of background screening, ensuring compliance and best practices.

  2. Efficiency: APCS’s streamlined processes and advanced technology enable faster turnaround times for background checks, allowing you to make hiring decisions more quickly without compromising on quality.

  3. Customisation: We recognise that every charity is unique, with its own specific needs and priorities. APCS can work with you to develop a tailored background screening program that aligns with your organisation’s goals and values.

  4. Ongoing Support: Our commitment to your success extends beyond the initial background check. APCS provides ongoing support and guidance to help you navigate any challenges that may arise, ensuring a smooth and effective screening process.

By partnering with APCS for your background screening needs, you can have confidence in the integrity of your staff and volunteers, protect the vulnerable individuals you serve, and safeguard the reputation of your charity. Together, we can create a safer, more trustworthy environment for all.


In the vital work of serving others and making a positive difference in the world, charities must prioritise the safety and well-being of their beneficiaries, staff, and volunteers. Comprehensive background checks, including DBS checks and additional screenings, are essential tools in mitigating risk and building trust within your organisation.

At APCS, we are dedicated to supporting charities like yours in this crucial endeavour. Our expert team, advanced technology, and commitment to customised solutions enable you to make informed hiring decisions with confidence. By choosing APCS as your background screening partner, you can focus on your core mission, knowing that you have taken proactive steps to safeguard your organisation and those you serve.

Don’t leave the integrity of your charity to chance. Partner with APCS today and experience the peace of mind that comes with comprehensive, reliable background checks. Together, we can build a safer, more trustworthy future for all.