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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 2024-June 2025 will soon be available to book. 

Check back soon for details, including news of groups which are brand new for September 2024.

Spark Young Writers can submit up to 500 words of their writing for inclusion in this year’s Anthology. The deadline for submissions is 22nd July 2024. Full details can be found here.

Submissions for the 29th edition of the Spark Young Writer Magazine are also being accepted. The deadline is 29th November 2024.


Check out all our ideas for writing prompts at our Get Writing tab. 

A wide selection of images, videos and Funsheets for young writers to complete.