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Last updated 10th January 2019

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

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, the parish should download and print the Thirtyone:eight disclosure service information registration form from the Thirtyone:eight Disclosure Service Information & Registration Forms document (September 2016). 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 the forms will be forwarded to Thirtyone:eight who will register the parish for the 'E-bulk service'.

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 form/guidance documents

Volunteer application form (2015)

Confidential Declaration Form 2016

DBS Eligibility and Related Matters - frequently asked questions

DBS Sample Policy Statement on the Recruitment of ex-offenders

Positive or blemished DBS disclosures procedure (2016)

Overseas applicants criminal records checks (2015) 

Reference request form (2015)