Guidance for DBS Verifiers


  1. 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 Recruitment principles.

    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. 

  2. 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 APPLICANTS
    - Applicants RENEWING Their Criminal Record Check 

  3. Guidance on Verifying Application Forms
    This link will take you to the Churches' Agency for Safeguarding's website where they provide guidance for people verifying forms:



  1. Who Can Become a Lay Verifier?
    Church, circuit and district safeguarding contacts and church and circuit administrators can become lay verifiers.
  2. 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 :
    - Name
    - Address (home address)
    - Telephone (home telephone number or mobile number)
    - Email
    - Circuit (for which you will be a verifier)
    - District (the district this circuit is part of)
    - Name of minister authorising verifier status

  3. 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 Safeguarding directly.

You should NOT verify any applications until you have received this confirmation.


Who Can Verify Methodist Ministers' DBS Check Applications

  • 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 application.


 DBS Check Application Methods

Connexional Safeguarding Team

Tel. 020 7467 5189


District Safeguarding Officers

Contact details



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