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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
UPDATE 11th June 2013
Following my Newsletter no 10 of 23rd May2013, please now note these updates following receipt of further information from the DBS, and separately from the Church of England.
1 THE NEW DBS ONLINE UPDATE SERVICE
Although from 17 June 2013 applicants can subscribe to the Update Service with a new application or new Certificate, the contract for the online update service has already been reallocated to a different company from 1st October 2013. The advice of the Church of England to dioceses is that we make no steps towards using this service until after the first months of teething problems and the changeover of IT company.
2 APPLICANT ONLY DBS CERTIFICATES (AKA the SINGLE CERTIFICATE)
From 17th June, the DBS will no longer issue a copy of the applicant’s DBS certificate to the Registered Body, i.e. Peterborough Diocese. The headline guidance for our churches from the Church of England is as follows:
For all engaged in Parish roles including renewals:
► All those who receive their criminal record disclosure are asked to show the disclosure to the Incumbent or Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) or Rural Dean. Those with clear criminal record disclosures (i.e. absolutely no information upon them beyond the address and role applied for) can be cleared for work/volunteering. The Incumbent or PSO or Rural Dean should then notify Sharon Welbourne, Senior Secretary by email or telephone of the name of the name of the person, date of clearance and the disclosure number on the enhanced certificate.
► For all who hold a Bishop’s license (clergy and lay) the PSO or Incumbent or Rural Dean should notify Alex Low Bishop’s PA by email or telephone with the name of the person, date of clearance and the disclosure number on the enhanced certificate.
Sharon Welbourne, Senior Secretary
Telephone: 01733 887027 / 887000
E mail: email@example.com
Alex Low, Bishop’s PA
Telephone 01733 562492
E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
► Criminal record disclosures with any information on at all should be copied and sent through to Garry Johnson, Diocesan Safeguarding Officer. The envelope should be marked “strictly private and confidential” and sent to:
Peterborough PE1 1YB.
3 COMPLETING and CHECKING THE DBS APPLICATION FORM
Verifiers: (ie the Incumbent/PSO/Rural Dean )
If you are unclear about any of these changes, please contact Garry Johnson, Diocesan Safeguarding Officer (contact details below).
You can get information about many of your safeguarding queries on line at
Or you can ring Garry Johnson, Safeguarding Officer, on 01733 887000
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