From 10 September 2012 there is a new definition of regulated activity.
The position of trustee of a children or vulnerable adult’s charity is not a regulated activity in itself. It is only if trustees have close and unsupervised contact with beneficiaries that they would fall within the scope of regulated activity and be eligible to obtain an enhanced DBS (CRB) check and barred list check.
A trustee of a charity who no longer falls within the definition of regulated activity would be eligible to obtain an enhanced DBS (CRB) check (but without a barred list check).
We strongly recommend that trustees of charities that work with children or vulnerable groups and that are eligible to obtain a CRB check do so, to ensure both that the person they wish to appoint as a trustee is eligible and to ensure the safety of the charity's beneficiaries.
For further information and guidance relating to DBS checks in the charitable sector, visit the Charity Commission website or contact the eCRB Service.