This question is only relevant to ART Members.
The online Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) update service https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service allows:
- applicants to keep their DBS certificates up to date
- employers and other organistations to check a DBS certificate
This service is free to volunteers and must be carried out within 30 days of receipt of your new DBS certificate – from ART or any organisation. Unfortunately Diocese and Parishes often do not advise how this is carried out or pass on certificates in a timely manner to allow you to do it.
Anyone who legitimately asks for your DBS can do so online and only need to be given:
- Your permission to carry out the check online
- The certificate number
- Your date of birth
- The full name on the certificate
Recent changes to the advice to Parishes from the CoE has imposed a much more strict regime and if you have only a paper DBS – even from ART – parishes may not always accept them.
CCCBR Safeguarding Advice
The Church of England Safeguarding Policy
Safeguarding training is available free of charge to ART Members through Educare.
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