Guidance for DBS Verifiers
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
- Policy and Practice Guidance
As a verifier a good starting point is to familiarise
yourself with the:
Safer Recruitment Policy
The Church of England and Methodist Church are committed
to the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people
and adults, care and nurture of children within our church
communities. We will carefully select, train and support all those
with any responsibility within the Church, in line with Safer
Practice guidance for DBS checks (as part of Safer Recruitment)
- Aug 2015
This practice guidance is intended to support the work of those in
the Church who have responsibility for safely recruiting people
working with children and adults who are vulnerable.
- Self Declaration Form
This should be completed by all those wishing to work in
roles where they will be in substantial contact with children
and/or vulnerable adults. This includes ministers.
The following two Self Declaration forms replace the original Form
X and the relevant form should be completed along with the Criminal
Record Check application:
Methodist Confidential Self-Declaration Form: NEW
RENEWING Their Criminal Record Check
- Guidance on Verifying Application
This link will take you to the Churches' Agency for
Safeguarding's website where they provide guidance for people
- Who Can Become a Lay Verifier?
Church, circuit and district safeguarding contacts and
church and circuit administrators can become lay verifiers.
- What Do I Need to do to Become a Lay Verifier?
Your minister will need to send in the following
information on your behalf to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Address (home address)
- Telephone (home telephone number or mobile
- Circuit (for which you will be a verifier)
- District (the district this circuit is part of)
- Name of minister authorising verifier status
- What Happens Next?
You will receive confirmation that your details have been added to
the database and confirmation of when you can begin verifying
applications, this email will also be copied to your minister and
Churches Agency for Safeguarding (CAS). CAS will then email you
your login details for the E-Bulk system and if you have any
technical queries about E-Bulk do contact Churches Agency for
You should NOT verify any applications until you have
received this confirmation.
Who Can Verify Methodist Ministers' DBS Check
- Ministers - Their Superintendent, District Safeguarding
Officer or District Chair can verify their application.
- Superintendent - Any Superintendent within the
district, District Safeguarding Officer or District Chair can
verify their application.
- District Chair - Any Superintendent within the district
or District Safeguarding Officer can verify their
DBS Check Application
Connexional Safeguarding Team
Tel. 020 7467 5189
District Safeguarding Officers
OTHER USEFUL LINKS
Social Media Guidelines
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is
dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. That means
we are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and
bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership
with local and international forces.
is a useful website for anyone with concerns about child sexual
abuse. The Stop it Now! campaign operates a confidential freephone
helpline for any adult with concerns including those worried about
the sexual behaviour or another adult towards
children, those worried about their own thoughts or behaviour
towards children and those concerned about the worrying sexual
behaviour of a child or young person.
www.parentsprotect.co.uk is a child sexual
abuse prevention and awareness website which helps parents and
carers do the best they can to protect their children from sexual
abuse. The site is a useful resource of information, guidance and