Safer recruitment for parishes and churches

We are committed to excellence in safeguarding practice

The Diocese and Church of England are committed to saferly recruiting and supporting all workers and volunteers who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults who attend church activities. 

The Church of England's Safer Recruitment and People Management Guidance must be followed for all new appointments for paid and volunteers working with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults. It comprises of 16 sections, each of which include:

  • Requirements - The minimum standards that everyone must adhere too
  • Good practice advice - Information about why the requirements must be met, and how to meet them to a good level
  • Toolkit - Templates and resources than can be used

Links to the sections within the guidance:

  1. Responsibilities
  2. Role Description and Person Specification
  3. Advertising a role
  4. Application Process
  5. Confidential Declaration
  6. Shortlisting applicants
  7. Interviews and Assessment
  8. Pre-Appointment Checks
  9. Disclosure and Barring checks - DBS
  10. Criminal Records
  11. Appointment
  12. Induction
  13. Propationary/Settling in period
  14. Ongoing support, accountability, oversight and supervision
  15. Learning and Development
  16. Record Keeping

Links to Toolkit documents:

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us. But we do follow strict guidelines and procedures for the recruitment of ex-offenders which we expect all parishes to follow
Read our policy here

 Recruitment of Overseas Applicants

Overseas applicants must complete the Church of England Safer Recruitment Process before commencing their role.  For information relating to DBS checks for overseas volunteers please see the DBS web page guidance


For further information or queries relating to Safer Recruitment contact Debbie Doran, Safeguarding Support, tel 0151 705 2124 any Tuesday or Wednesday or email: or the Safeguarding team via email:



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