AccessNI Checks

Supporting Volunteers to thrive

Anyone Volunteering with Urban Saints in Northern Ireland may be requested to complete an AccessNI check before they start Volunteering. The following information will explain what you need to do if you have been asked to complete a check.

AccessNI checks

If you apply for a volunteer role with Urban Saints in Northern Ireland, where there is close and regular supervision of young people, usually you'll need an enhanced AccessNI check.

We will request a new check every 3 years or if you have had a break of 1 year of volunteering with Urban Saints. This means if you are serving in a Camp once a year you may need a new AccessNI check every year.


Urban Saints' AccessNI Lead Signatory is Wilson Beare.

Applying for an AccessNI Check

You will need an nidirect account and PIN given to you by Urban Saints to apply for an enhanced check online.

When you create your nidirect account, you’ll receive a confirmation email immediately. Once you activate your account you can log in and apply for an enhanced check. You’ll need:


We will then check your application and ask you to provide a range of ID documents to complete an identity check.

ID check

An identity check must be carried out with Urban Saints’ Signatory, or a trusted person. 

Where possible the documents from Route 1 below should be shown.

You must provide:-

Group 1 includes:
Group 2a includes:
Group 2b includes:

At least one of the documents must show the applicant’s current address.

Route 2 applies only where you do not have Group 1 documentation.  

You must provide:-


For a more complete list of acceptable documents and notes on Issue dates and validity please visit


Sharing with Urban Saints

If you have no criminal history to disclose, you’ll receive a digital disclosure certificate. You can view the certificate from your nidirect account.  If the certificate discloses criminal record or other information or you requested a paper copy, you’ll receive a printed certificate by post.  


To send a copy of your digital certificate to Urban Saints, select the share button on your nidirect account and include the email address .  When you share your disclosure certificate with us, it will only be visible to us for three days.


AccessNI Downloads

Below are the documents you will need to read with regard to your AccessNI application for volunteering with Urban Saints Ireland:

AccessNI Policy Statement (March 2019)

Urban Saints' Policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders (March 2019) Please note: this policy document relates only to AccessNI applicants, for other UK Volunteers there is an ex-offenders policy available on request.




How to contact the team


Phone: 01582 589850