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Safer Recruitment

If your role involves working with a vulnerable group as an employee or volunteer please check with your Parish Safeguarding Officer or the Diocesan Safeguarding Administrator if you require a DBS check and to complete a Confidential Declaration Form.   


For more information regarding the DBS please visit:

The diocese requires that a DBS 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. 

  • DBS Applications-+

    All DBS applications for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich are completed online. These are much faster and more efficient than the previous paper method.  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.

  • 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 DBS application.  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

Criminal record checks and general enquiries:

Sally Fitch, Safeguarding Administrator

Tel: 01473 298540