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Last updated 15th September 2021

Safer recruitment and DBS checks

'We will carefully select, support and train all those with any responsibility within the Church , in line with Safer Recruitment Principles, including the use of criminal records disclosures and barring schemes'

Church of England Joint Policy Statement on Safer Recruitment

This guidance should be read in conjunction with the Diocesan safeguarding policies and associated guidance contained within the Diocese of Blackburn Safeguarding Policy and the full national guidelines are available for further information – Practice Guidance: Safer Recruitment July 2016

DBS Checks in light of COVID-19 - Important Information:

Safer Recruitment and Safer Recruitment – Permission to Officiate remain in effect and despite the worrying situation with COVID-19, dioceses obviously still need to put in place DBS renewal arrangements for clergy and church officers in their area.  The Government has  published guidance with advice on viewing identity documents remotely.  

The new guidance from the Disclosure and Barring Service providing clarity on viewing documnets remotely can be found  here:

The Blackburn Diocese Disclosure and Barring service is now provided by Thirtyone:eight (Formerly CCPAS, The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service). Each church will have to register individually to access the system. 

To apply to use the Thirtyone:eight E-bulk, please complete the Thirtyone:eight Diocese of Blackburn Disclosure Registration Form and the Thirtyone:eight New Recruiter Appointment Form

Important notice: For the foreseeable future, we would advise that all Registration / New Recruiter Forms are scanned and emailed to (rather than posted). 

Before registration any administrative enquires can be dealt with by the Safeguarding Administrator Julie Grimshaw on 01254 503088 or

After registration Thirtyone:eight should be contacted directly on 0303 003 11 11

Additional Safer Recruitment and DBS forms/guidance documents

Volunteer Application Form (Aug 2017)

Reference Request Form (Aug 2017)

Model Interview Questions (Aug 2017)

Safer Recruitment Practice Guidance (May 2017)

Safer Recruitment FAQ's (Sept 2021)

Confidential Declaration Form (Nov 2019)

DBS Checks for PCC Members (Sept 2019)

DBS FAQ's (Aug 2017)

Eligibility for Enhanced DBS Checks (May 2017)

DBS Checks - Working with Children in Places of Worship