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Safer Recruitment

The Safer Recruitment and people management updated guidance was issued in 2021 and replaces previous safer recruitment practice guidance. The updated guidance is available for review within the new Church of England Safeguarding E-Manual. 

The requirements detailed in the guidance aim to help Church bodies to:

  • Attract the best possible individuals to all roles through inclusive, fair, consistent and transparent processes;
  • Identify and reject individuals who are unsuitable by following a proportionate but thorough selection process;
  • Ensure that robust induction, oversight and supervision processes are in place for those working and volunteering with children and vulnerable adults.

Reinforcing the safeguarding and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults throughout the recruitment process and beyond will help create and maintain a safe and positive environment that inspires trust, enabling them to thrive and grow. 

This Confidential declaration form must be completed during the recruitment process. If there are any safeguarding concerns raised with any of the information provided by the applicant, please contact the Safeguarding Team

DBS checks

Anyone who is applying to work with either children and/or vulnerable adults for an organisation, in either a voluntary or paid capacity, will need to apply for an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

DBS checks are administered on behalf of the Diocese of Manchester by thirtyone:eight, and are just one part of the process to ensure safer recruitment.

This document is designed to explain how to carry out DBS checks:

Getting started with DBS Checks

The following guidance around DBS checks has been provided by thirtyone:eight who complete the checks for us. 

A step-by-step guide to submitting your DBS application online:

Applying for an Enhanced DBS disclosure online

To apply for a DBS check

Please visit the website or call 0303 003 1111.

If you have any questions about DBS checks that cannot be resolved by thirtyone:eight please contact the HR Team.

DBS Information

The Safeguarding e-Manual details the requirements and good practice for Disclosure and Barring Service checks within all church organisations. 

DBS filtering guide

Disclosure and Barring Service





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