Involving the Right People (DBS checks/Training)

All adults that work with young people in hockey are in a position of trust which has been invested in them by parents, the sport and the young person. This relationship can be described as one in which the adult is in a position of power and influence by virtue of their position.

Safeguarding Training

Please take a look at Safeguarding and Training Education Guidance to determine which training opportunity you will be required to complete. To find out more and access the training, click the corresponding tab under ‘Involving the right people’.

Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

A DBS (previously CRB) enables England Hockey and it’s clubs/associations to make informed recruitment decisions. Any individuals wishing to work with young people in hockey are required to undertake and enhanced DBS check and/or barred list check.

England Hockey use GB Group Online Disclosures to process our checks, allowing a swift and efficient service. The following guidance provides support for who is eligible for a DBS check, how to gain a DBS check and the responsibilities of your club/association. 

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Eligibility Guidance 

Vetting checks for overseas coaches

DBS Portability Form

Officials - DBS Eligibility Guidance


If you have a query regarding DBS, consult our DBS FAQ's. For further advice contact the Safeguarding Team at or on 01628 897545.

Welfare Officers will need their documents verified before processing checks, use the table below to contact your nearest office:

Northumberland, Cumbria, Durham, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottingham, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire - Elaina Leithead -

West, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, London, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex - Jenny Mitchell - 

Recruitment Guidance

The Recruitment Guidance provides a number of steps to ensure your recruitment process is efficient, suitable and provides a young people with a safe and enjoyable environment to play hockey.

We have also updated our recruitment templates which can be adapted to include your own logo's and wording. These templates include:

Role Description for Welfare Officers

Application form for positions working with young people

Role Acceptance form

Reference form for positions working with young people 

Recruitment Checklist