Safer Recruitment and the Disclosure & Barring Service

Safer Recruitment is one of the core safeguarding principles to which the Church of England and the Diocese of Truro are committed to.

‘Safer Recruitment’ refers to the whole process of appointing people to act as volunteers, office holders or paid employees to work with or support vulnerable members of the community, be they children, young people or adults. Safer Recruitment practices should progress seamlessly into safer working practices that relate to how people in such positions operate once they are in post.

The use of criminal records checks via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is one important and often legally required element of Safer Recruitment, but it is just one tool in the toolbox. Good practice revolves around effectively taking up references, developing job descriptions, interviewing candidates and combining these with other safe practices to create a context in which the safeguarding of vulnerable people and the care of those who work with them are appropriately prioritised.

Policy, templates and documents

The diocese adopts the national Church of England Safeguarding policies and templates for safer recruitment.

Follow the link below for practice guidance (including which roles/activities are eligible for Disclosure & Barring Service checks), frequently asked questions, templates and forms.  In addition Section 5 of the Parish Safeguarding Handbook (see below) provides safer recruitment guidance for PCCs.

Disclosure & Barring Service

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is the government agency through which checks can be made to enquire as to the suitability of people to act in certain roles, particularly where they will have responsibility for children and young people or where certain specified services will be provided (what is called ‘Regulated Activity’ or ‘RA’) to children or adults.

More information regarding the DBS can be found on their website.

Detail about the diocesan safer recruitment policies and how to apply for a DBS check can be found in our Parish Safeguarding Handbook – Diocesan Guidelines document.

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