The Disclosure and Barring Service is a government agency which provides information about employees’ and volunteers’ criminal records history, so that employers are able to make safer recruitment decisions. The DBS check if an individual has any criminal convictions, if they are barred from working with children or adults at risk and if the police hold any other relevant information about that person. The DBS used to be known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). CRB checks have now been replaced by DBS checks.
All applications to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for Enhanced DBS Disclosures have to be submitted by a Registered Body or an Umbrella Body that is recognised by the DBS. The Baptist Union of Great Britain are using Due Diligence Checking Ltd (DDC).
Only people in specific roles within the church are eligible for a DBS check to be completed. Those people must be in roles which constitute 'Regulated Actvity'. The Guide to DBS checks for Baptist Churches helpfully explains what this means. Performing DBS checks on people who are not in 'regulated activity' is illegal and could result in signifcant financial penalties being imposed.
Further information is available by clicking on the links below:
Guide to DBS Checks for Baptist churches
More information about Applying for a DBS Disclosure through DDC
Registering as a Verifier
Frequently Asked Questions
Changes to the registration of Ministers and Church Secretaries as DBS Verifiers
From the 1st June 2018 the Baptist Union has removed all ministers and church secretaries from the list of DBS verifiers sent to DDC, unless they have been confirmed by the church as continuing in the verifier role.
Notification of this change was given in a letter sent out with the annual returns request in January 2018. The letter asked that churches let us know if their minister and/or church secretary is acting as a verifier.
In previous years we have automatically enrolled the minister and church secretary as DBS Verifiers. However, we recognise that this is a role that is often fulfilled by others in the church. From now on when we are notified of a change to the minister or church secretary at a church, a verifier change form will be sent out to be completed and returned if the church would like that person to be a DBS Verifier.
If you would like to add names to the list of DBS verifiers for your church then please complete the Verifier Changes Form, available here: Registering as a Verifer