DBS instructions

Applying for a DBS check is a two stage process.

Stage One – you fill in the information on the online form (instructions provided at the link below).

Stage Two – we verify that you are the person you claim to be on the form using the documents you show me.

They then issue you with a certificate. If you would like to avoid the need to apply for additional DBS checks in the future, you can sign up to the DBS Update Service for which there is a small annual charge. However, if you are going to do this, you need to sign up within a limited number of days of receiving the certificate. The instructions for signing up are provided with your new DBS certificate.

DBS application instructions and information

Get Writing

If you’d like to submit a piece of your writing for possible inclusion in the magazine, please see the Get Involved page to see more details. This magazine is published online three times a year: summer (June/July), winter (October-December) and spring (February-April) terms.

Our Spark Young Writers groups for September 2023-June 2024 are now available to book.



Sparks Anthology 2023


Our 2022/2023 anthology “Hero Yeti” is now available to buy.


Coming soon: Saturday 25th November 2023
Careers In Writing is an essential event for any young writers thinking about how they might make a career as a writer; or use their writing skills professionally.