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I am a English Chess Federation qualified Arbiter we have our own official organisation the Chess Arbiters Association. In order to become qualified I had to pass a test and obtain reference from two qualified one of whom was a Senior chess Arbiter the widely respected (and sadly deceased) Ron Powis.

I also had to obtain and renew a CRB (now DBS) check every three years to retain my status.


I do not take part in activities supervising children/minors/venerable persons on a regular basis.

I work at two to four Junior events per year plus two adult events per year which include junior competitors.

The below is taken from the English Chess Federation website


In our email and web entry of 11th  September 2015 concerning renewal of the ECF Insurance, we informed you that the Child Protection Policy is being reviewed.  A draft version of a new policy is now under discussion, and we hope to publish the final version on the website once finalised and agreed.   In the meantime, there are some changes that need to be brought to clubs’ attention.

Previously, guidance was that ANYONE who has unsupervised access to children, for instance, an adult running a junior club, should need to have a DBS (formerly CRB) check undertaken.   Following revised guidance from the Government, there is a reduced requirement to undertake DBS checks as part of an organisation’s safeguarding measures that need to be in place.   This is because the definition of regulated activity has changed.

Organisations   and Clubs are advised to check the guidance on eligibility for applying for DBS checks before applying for any new ones.

For example, if the role involves teaching, training, supervising, advising, transporting or caring for children or vulnerable adults, and this occurs once a week or more OR 4 or more days in a 30 day period, then an enhanced DBS check may be applied for.   If the activity does not take place once a week (or 4 times or more in a 30 day period), then it may be illegal to try to obtain one.

The ECF is also recommending in its new policy and procedures that organisations designate a safeguarding officer to support their own safeguarding activities and measures.


  • Do we want this?
  • For me the answer is no and for that reason I have written to my MP on this very issue. If you agree and recognise the dangers do so too. We do not want the wrong people to get through and we do want DBS checked organisers for all junior/venerable persons events without the fear of prosecution!
  • Kevin Markey


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