- Complete a Laity Confidential Declaration Form (Word or PDF) ensuring the signature is a physical / wet ink or image of your signature
- Pass your Confidential Declaration Form on to your parish safeguarding officer who will complete an ID Verification and Justification Form (PDF). At this point they will need to see three forms of identity: one should bear a recent photograph, one must confirm your date of birth, and at least one must confirm your current address. Notes and an example ID form can be downloaded and also a list of acceptable ID documents.
- Licensed Lay Readers or Readers in Training Forms must then be sent to the Safeguarding Office for processing, even where the parish safeguarding officer processes DBS locally.
- You will be provided with a unique user ID number and a link to create your online application using that user ID number (this may be immediately by your local contact, or may be emailed to you at a later date either by the local contact or from firstname.lastname@example.org at the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.)
- Use the link and user ID to access the application form and complete the step by step application instructions. We are often asked why the paper / electronic forms are needed - we have to have these to verify the online application you make.
- Once your application has been processed you will be able to apply for the Updating Service which means that you will no longer need to apply for renewals in that role. You will need to join the Updating Service within 30 days of the issue of your certificate. This service is free for volunteers. Please email email@example.com and your parish safeguarding officer if you do subscribe so we can update our records and automatically renew your disclosure. If you do not inform us we are not notified otherwise and for volunteers it costs nothing.
- Your certificate will be posted directly to you. Keep your certificate in a safe place as it is a legal document and you may be asked for it to show you are entitled to work with children or vulnerable adults.
- The Diocesan Safeguarding Team will receive a notification of your DBS certificate and will inform your parish safeguarding officer and the appropriate departments within the diocese.
If there are any concerns shown on your certificate, a member of the DST will contact you to discuss what should happen next.