Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
Whatever the nature of your organisation, you may come into contact with children or vulnerable adults. Protecting the most vulnerable people in our communities is a vitally important duty.
If your church members or people involved in running activities associated with your church are likely to come into contact with children or vulnerable adults, it is essential they have a criminal record check.
The Disclosure and Barring Service
The Disclosure Barring Service (DBS), an executive agency of the Home Office provides access to criminal records and other relevant information to organisations in England and Wales. The results of the checks carried out by the DBS help organisations make more informed decisions when recruiting people to work with children and vulnerable persons.
Through the Disclosure service, organisations can ensure greater protection for the vulnerable members of our society and afford greater protection to their customers, staff, volunteers and ultimately their organisation.
If an organisation requests a DBS check, the individual concerned must be told why the check is taking place and where they can get independent advice.
All checks require a fee but are free of charge for volunteers.
Further information on the DBS can be found on the Home Office website.