Safer Recruitment and DBS Checks

Following good practice for safer recruiting is extremely important when safeguarding the vulnerable in our diocese and our parishes. Disclosure certificates (formerly known as ‘CRB’) are an important element in safer recruiting. In June 2013, the Government made changes to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB). Here is an at-a-glance guide to what these changes mean for people in the Diocese of York:

The Church of England’s Safer Recruitment Guidelines (which includes who needs to be DBS checked) is available by clicking here.

Please download the following documents for further guidance and information:

If you would like further information or advice about safer recruitment, please contact Becci Richardson who is the DBS administrator at Bishopthorpe Palace. Becci is available on 01904 707021 or by emailing Becci.Richardson@archbishopofyork.org.


Procedure for Handling Concerns and Allegations

Please find below the Diocesan Procedure for the Handling of Safeguarding Concerns, Incidents and Allegations, and documents to use if you need to log a concern about a child:


Disclosing Abuse

If you are a survivor of sexual abuse in a church context, and would like to talk to someone about this, there are a number of people you could approach.

If you want to speak to someone within the Diocese of York, you can speak to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser on 07551 124951 or safeguarding@yorkdiocese.org.

If you want to inform the Statutory Authorities, you can speak to a Local Authority Designated Officer, and you can find their details through the Local Safeguarding Children Boards listed below.

If you would value support from people who have been through similar experiences, you can contact MACSAS, Minsters and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors. MACSAS is a support group for women and men from Christian backgrounds who have been sexually abused by Ministers or Clergy, as children or as adults. Please see their website at www.macsas.org.uk.

The following groups may also be of help:


Local and National Contacts

Local Safeguarding Children's Boards

Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) were established by the Children Act 2004. LSCBs are now the key system in every part of the country for organisations to come together to agree on how they will cooperate with one another to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The purpose of this partnership is to hold each other to account and to ensure safeguarding children remains high on the agenda across their region.

Our LSCBs are:



National Safeguarding Contacts

Church of England Resources

National safeguarding resources from the Church of England, including House of Bishop's policy statements, safeguarding developments, and resources for parishes: www.churchofengland.org

The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service

The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) is the only independent Christian safeguarding charity in the UK, which provides a 24 hour confidential helpline professional training and advice, news updates, support and resources, and other specialist safeguarding services: www.ccpas.co.uk

Thinkuknow

The Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP) website provides the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology for children, parents and teachers: www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Safe Network

The NSPCC's Safe Network provides safeguarding information related to activities outside the home – from after school art clubs to weekend reading groups: www.safenetwork.org.uk

Stop it Now!

Stop it Now! works to prevent sexual abuse of children, and believes and acts on the principle that all adults are responsible for protecting the most vulnerable in society: www.stopitnow.org.uk

The NWG

The NWG offer support and advice to those working with children and young people under eighteen who are affected by abuse through sexual exploitation. The network links professionals involved in creating the best response for children and young people and their families who have become subjected to child sexual exploitation: www.nwgnetwork.org


Further Forms and Resources

Please find below forms to download for safeguarding in your church. If you need help or support, contact the Safeguarding Adviser on 07551 124951 or safeguarding@yorkdiocese.org.