If you need a DBS for your role please speak with your Parish Safeguarding Officer or group Leader. They will provide you with a copy of the
- Laity Confidential Declaration Form, and Privacy Notice.
- ID verification form.
Complete the Confidential Declaration Form (CDF), either online or a paper copy, ensuring the signature is a physical/wet ink or image of your signature.
Forward the CDF to the contact named on the bottom of the form who will complete an Identity Check with you. 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.
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 use these to verify the online application you make.)
Once processed by the DBS service, 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/or if 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.
DBS updating service.
Once your application has been processed and you receive you DBS certificate you be able to apply for the DBS Updating Service. This means that you will no longer need to apply for renewals if your role remains the same or new role requires the same level of check. 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 that your DBS is subscribed. If you do not inform us, we are not notified otherwise and for volunteers it costs nothing.