As part of our commitment to keeping children in our clubs safe, Code Club requests that all our volunteers have an Enhanced DBS, PVG, or AccessNI background check.

If you already have a background check...

If you already have a DBS, PVG, or AccessNI check, please let the club organiser at the venue know the details and show the certificate when you meet to discuss running their Code Club.

Contact us at if you have any questions about your background check.

England & Wales

30% of our volunteers in England and Wales apply for their DBS check through a third-party company called GB Group. Our friendly support team will help you through the process.

  • Email your full name to to request a check

  • Our support team will generate an email with details of your application

  • Complete a simple form online

  • Take your identity documents to a participating Post Office to be checked 

  • Pay a £17.40 admin fee at the Post Office 

  • Receive your DBS statement in the post within a few weeks

Just email us, including your full name, to to get started.


If you live in Scotland, you can apply for your PVG check through the venue at which you are volunteering, or apply via the STEM Ambassador scheme (see below).

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, you can apply for an enhanced AccessNI check through your local Volunteer Centre or through a local umbrella body, or you can go to AccessNI directly for more information. Alternatively, you can apply via the STEM Ambassador scheme.

United States

In the USA, background check processes vary by state and school. Once you identify a Code Club where you'd like to volunteer, contact the club organiser to ask about their requirements for a background check.

Republic of Ireland

In the Republic of Ireland, you can apply for your background check (called Garda Vetting) through the venue at which you will volunteer.

STEM Ambassadors (UK only)

If you are interested in STEM volunteering opportunities across the UK, you can become a STEM Ambassador.

STEM Ambassadors is a volunteering programme for STEM professionals and those with a personal interest in STEM subjects. You can volunteer for Code Club as part of your ambassadorship.

  • Apply to be an Ambassador online
  • Complete DBS form
  • Present DBS form and ID at a STEM Ambassador induction session

Please note: the frequency of STEM Ambassador induction sessions varies from area to area. Find out more about STEM Ambassadors.