How long is a DBS check valid for?
For coaches, a DBS must be used within 12 months of issue if you wish to join LTA Coach Accreditation. Once you are Accredited, your DBS lifespan is extended to three years providing you renew your Accreditation on time every year. This is due to the fact that being a member of Coach Accreditation requires coaches to complete a self-declaration each year. The self-declaration obliges coaches to note any relevant changes on their criminal records to the LTA. Coaches who are not a member of Coach Accreditation do not complete this self-declaration and for this reason 12 months is the maximum lifespan to join. This policy aims to strike a balance between safeguarding best practise and flexibility for coaches wishing to join LTA Coach Accreditation.
Please note that if you are a Coach, you will need to ensure that you renew your Accreditation or Accreditation+ before the grace period ends for your DBS check to remain valid for three years from its date of issue. If your DBS check will be more than three years old when your Accreditation or Accreditation+ is due to expire, you will need to obtain a new DBS check to renew your Accreditation or Accreditation+.
For Welfare Officers, a DBS check is valid for three years.