How do I choose the correct DBS requirements?

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) requirement for a particular role depends on:

  • What the role involves
  • The frequency with which it is undertaken
  • Whether or not the role is supervised

Guidance from the Church of England

The primary source of guidance from the Church of England is found in Section 9 of the Safer Recruitment and People Management Guidance.

A short document entitled DBS Role Eligibility Guidance  can also be found in the Toolkit sub-section of Section 9.

Guidance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The above Church of England guidance includes links to relevant DBS documents and resources.

The Disclosure and Barring Service have also produced a helpful online tool.  Although it is entitled Find out which DBS check is right for your employee, it can also be used for volunteers.

This short video shows how the online tool works.

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