If you work for an organisation in religion and faith, safeguarding is of utmost importance and DBS Checks (formerly known as CRB checks) play a key role.
Certain roles within religion organisations may require a DBS check depending on the type of work done by the individual. This would apply to both paid and volunteer positions.
Religious members working with adults will be less likely to need an Enhanced Level DBS check. However, as part of your work for a religious organisation or faith centre you may support members of the community with certain regulated activity tasks, and therefore would require an Enhanced Level DBS check with an Adult Barred List check. Examples of this would be:
Illustrative example: A volunteer who collects shopping lists and the cash to pay for the shopping from older adults’ homes, who then does the shopping on their behalf, would be engaging in regulated activity.
If you are carrying out activities which are in the DBS’s definition of work with adults, you may require an Enhanced DBS check without an Adult Barred List check depending on the frequency with which you undertake this work.
This is defined as:
The person carrying out the activity must be doing it:
An example of the groups that fall within the DBS Adult Workforce guidance are:
eSafeguarding has been an umbrella body for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) since its establishment as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), and has been ensuring children, young people and vulnerable adults are provided with a safe and secure environment since 2012.
The eSafeguarding system is an easy and effective way to handle DBS checks for religious organisations.
Our approach is quicker than paper applications, with checks being completed in as little as 24 hours as we instantaneously authenticate data.
Whether you need DBS checks for PCC members, want to enquire about a DBS check for church volunteers or are just wondering who needs a DBS check in church, our expert team of counter-signatories is on hand to support you in every way they can.
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Disclaimer: This is not legal advice. If you need help with making sure you are complying with the law, you should speak to a legal advisor.