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DBS Information

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) on 1 December 2012. All documentation, including the application form and certificate, was rebranded as DBS. This means that CRB certificates are now referred to as DBS certificates.

For more information regarding the DBS please visit: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service

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  • DBS Applications-+

    As of February 2015, all DBS applications for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich can be completed online.  Compared to paper applications the online process provides significantly faster results and is much easier for the applicant.  Lay DBS application requests can only be requested via the Diocesan Office by the Incumbent or Parish Safeguarding Officer, except in an interregnum, when a Churchwarden may act in the place of the Incumbent.   Once the request has been received and the position meets the eligibly criteria for a criminal records check, an email will be sent to the applicant with guidance to completing the online DBS application.

    Completing new DBS applications and the renewal of DBS applications online is recommended and is the preferred method of application. 

    For further information contact:

  • Confidential Declaration Form-+

    The Confidential Declaration Form is a House of Bishops’ requirement and must be completed prior to the appointment to any role, paid or voluntary, working with children or vulnerable adults on behalf of the Church of England and before a DBS application is requested or completed by the individual.  The completion of the Confidential Declaration Form is the responsibility of the parish, as part of their safer recruitment process and is independent of the process of applying for a criminal record check (DBS) via the diocese as the umbrella body, when one is required. Once completed, the form should be returned and checked by the Incumbent and securely stored for as long as the appointed person remains in post. 

  • DBS Update Service-+

    The DBS Update Service is an online subscription service that lets individuals keep their DBS certificates up to date and allows employers or organisations to check a certificate status online, with the individuals consent.  Once registered with the DBS Update Service, the same certificate can be used again when applying for a position which is in the same workforce and where the same type and level of check is required.

    Registration of a certificate lasts for one year and registration is free for volunteering positions, however paid positions cost £13 a year.  Certificates need to be registered with the DBS Update Service strictly no later than 19 days from the date of issue, shown on the certificate.  The DBS will contact individuals each year to confirm renewal of their subscription, if they do not receive a response from the individual; the subscription is ceased and details removed from the update service. 

    Further information regarding the DBS update service, as well as a guide for applicants, can be found at www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service


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