The Criminal Records Bureau will provide a disclosure check free of charge to any individual within an organisation that meets its definition of a volunteer. That definition is:
“A person who is engaged in any activity which involves spending time, unpaid (except for travelling and other approved out-of-pocket expenses), doing something which aims to benefit someone (individuals or groups) other than or in addition to close relatives.”
Students on work placements are not classed as volunteers.
It should be noted that, although the DBS does not charge for disclosure checks for volunteers, such checks are still subject to the eCRB
For more detailed information relating to DBS checks and volunteers contact the eCRB Service.