Safer recruitment for parishes and churches

We are committed to excellence in safeguarding practice

The Diocese and Church of England are committed to saferly recruiting and supporting all workers and volunteers who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults who attend church activities.  

The Church of England updated their Safer Recruitment policy in July 2021 and issued Safer Recruitment and People Management Guidance which must be fully implemented by all churches from January 2022 for all new appointments for paid and volunteers working with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults.

What has changed?

The underlying principles of safer recruitment remain unchanged however the new guidance provides greater clarity.  It comprises of 16 sections, each of which include:

  • Requirements - The minimum standards that everyone must adhere too
  • Good practice advice - Information about why the requirements must be met, and how to meet them to a good level
  • Toolkit - Templates and resources than can be used

The main change is around the length of time a DBS will be valid for.  From January 2022 any DBS check applied for will only be valid for 3 years, which will bring the church into line with many other organisations.

For those who have a current DBS check this does not mean that any certificate over 3 years old is invalid.  You will have from January 2022 to January 2024 to arrange renewal of any certificates to ensure that by January 2024 all those needing to have an enhanched DBS check for their role will have a DBS certificate that is 3 years old or less.

The Diocese will be in touch to arrange renewal over the coming months for clerty, readers, PtO and Local Missional Leaders who have a certificate which falls into this category.

Links to the sections within the guidance:

  1. Responsibilities
  2. Role Description and Person Specification
  3. Advertising a role
  4. Application Process
  5. Confidential Declaration
  6. Shortlisting applicants
  7. Interviews and Assessment
  8. Pre-Appointment Checks
  9. Disclosure and Barring checks - DBS
  10. Criminal Records
  11. Appointment
  12. Induction
  13. Propationary/Settling in period
  14. Ongoing support, accountability, oversight and supervision
  15. Learning and Development
  16. Record Keeping

Links to Toolkit documents:

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us. But we do follow strict guidelines and procedures for the recruitment of ex-offenders which we expect all parishes to follow
Read our policy here

For further information or queries relating to Safer Recruitment contact Debbie Doran, Safeguarding Support, tel 0151 705 2124 any Tuesday or Wednesday or email: or the Safeguarding team via email:



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