Help Centre - How do I register for the online DBS Update Service?

This question is only relevant to ART Members.

The online Disclosure and Barring Service (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.

Related Information

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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