In July 2016 the Church of England published an updated policy and guidance for safer recruitment for people working or volunteering with children and adults.

In this section you will find guidance from the Church of England and the Diocese of York about the processes and procedures you should use in recruiting and appointing people to roles in which they may be responsible for the welfare of the young or vulnerable.

You can download the latest information and forms here to read or save as you prefer.

Safer Recruitment Downloads

These documents give you the framework of what to do, how to do it, and some adaptable models of the forms and templates you need.

You can edit some of the forms and templates to suit your own church and the jobs and roles for which you need to recruit or appoint people.

Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS)

Criminal records checks are available from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to help organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable to work with children or other vulnerable members of society.

An online application system is in development; you will find details of the new online and existing paper-based application processes below.


The online DBS system is now in place across the Diocese, and information about this was sent out on its launch in 2017.

Parishes must register to use the system before they can access it.

The latest update on online DBS Disclosures can be found here.

More information is available in the Parish Information Booklet and Guidance documents below, or contact Becci Leckenby (formerly Richardson) to see if you can use it: or 01904 707021.


The Diocese would prefer as many applications as possible to be made on the online system (see above), but where this causes problems, the paper forms are still available.

For more information, please contact Becci Leckenby (formerly Richardson): or 01904 707021.