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Safer recruitment

DBS Checks

Safer recruitment and DBS The Methodist Church in Britain offer guidance on carrying out Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks as part of safer recruitment

Please remember that all DBS applications must be preceded by the completing of the relevant

Self-Disclosure form:

  • Self disclosure – new DBS
  • Self Disclosure – renewing DBS
  • Self Disclosure – appointments where no DBS is required

All workers whether paid or voluntary to have completed the appropriate forms for their role. If you are unsure about this, please contact your Circuit Safeguarding Officer or the District Safeguarding Officer.

Applications and renewals are still being processed during Covid-19 restrictions.

Safeguarding Training

Advanced Safeguarding Module

There is now the option to complete the safeguarding Advanced Module online. There will be further face-to-face Advanced Module training sessions in the new year (2022), but if you are able to complete the Module online, please download the Advanced Safeguarding document on this page for the dates, times and booking information.

All staff working with children and adults are required to attend Creating Safer Space training as follows:

  • Foundation Module 2020 Edition.

Please click here for the list of those who are required to attend the Foundation 2020 Edition (p149)

  • Advanced Module 2019 Edition.

Please click here for the list of those required to attend the Advanced Module 2019 Edition (p149)

The 2016 Methodist Conference has decided that from September 2017, renewal of training will be done every four years. This is to reflect the pace of change in safeguarding.

Renewing Training – The requirement to renew training every four years will only apply to the highest level of safeguarding training undertaken by any individual. If the highest level of training is Foundation Module, then a repeat of this module will be necessary after four years.

Recognition of Church of England Training
The Methodist Church recognises the Church of England Foundation Module (previously called C1) as equivalent and qualifying training to the Foundation Module. Therefore, those who have undertaken that Church of England course will have satisfied attendance requirements listed above in the Methodist Church.

The following safeguarding forms relating to safer recruitment may be found on the Methodist Church website:

  • Safeguarding self-declaration for office holders with substantial contact with vulnerable groups
  • Safeguarding self-declaration for office holders without substantial contact with vulnerable groups
  • Safeguarding self-declaration for Methodist Council Members
  • Declaration on renewal of criminal record check for those working with vulnerable groups
  • Form A Part 1: Registration form and privacy notice for volunteers with vulnerable groups
  • Form A Part 2: Volunteer agreement with role outline for volunteers working with vulnerable groups
  • Form D Keyholder Declaration
  • Safeguarding DBS Verifier Privacy Notice

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