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DBS Checks and Safer Recruitment

This information applies to all those in the Diocese of Blackburn who are appointed to roles which involve working, either paid or on a voluntary basis, with vulnerable groups - children and young people and/or adults at risk. All those in this position need to be carefully selected and trained in line with Safer recruitment principles including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration with the relevant vetting and barring schemes through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
This guidance should be read in conjunction with the Diocesan safeguarding policies and associated guidance contained within ‘ safeguarding within the Diocese of Blackburn’ 2015 and the full national guidelines are available for further information – Practice Guidance: Safer Recruitment July 2016
Blackburn Diocese Disclosure and Barring service is now provided by CCPAS (The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service).Each Church will have to register individually to access the system. The many benefits of this fully-secure system include:
  • Much faster recruitment decisions – E-bulk reduces total processing time by at least two weeks and the time spent processing online applications through CCPAS is significantly quicker than paper applications.
  • Manual administration greatly reduced - saves time and aggravation
  • Error rates much diminished due to self-validating mandatory fields – so no more forms returned in the post for re-submission
  • Electronic Disclosure results provided for all applications - applicants will need to show you their blemished disclosure certificate (if applicable)
  • Absolutely no postage costs whatsoever
To apply to use the CCPAS E-bulk, the parish should down load and print the CCPAS disclosure service information from the link below. Hard copies of pages 10 and 11 (direct debit mandate) should be completed and sent to Julie Grimshaw at Diocesan Offices, Clayton House, Walker Office Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE  to be authorised. Upon receipt these will be processed and forwarded to CCPAS who will register the parish for the E-bulk service.
Once registered on the E-bulk service the process for completing criminal record checks is easy, the application completes an online application via CCPAS’s fully secure system, and forwards it to the Recruiter electronically. The Recruiter in turn sends it to CCPAS, once he or she has verified certain sections of the form and the applicant’s identity documents. CCPAS then send it straight to the DBS.
Often the entire process, from the applicant completing their form to its arrival at the DBS, takes less than one working day! The DBS then processes the form and sends back a secure electronic notification. Applicants will still receive their own paper copies of the DBS Certificate.
Before registration any administrative enquires can be dealt with by Safeguarding Administrator Julie Grimshaw on 01254 503088 or after registration CCPAS should be contacted directly on 0845 120 45 50.




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