All criminal records checks are made via thirtyone:eight (formerly known as CCPAS) with whom the Diocese of Chester has partnered to provide its Disclosure and Barring Service.
Each parish must register in order to apply for disclosures and renewals by completing Appendix One - Disclosure Registration Form which should then be returned to Mrs E Geddes, Diocesan Director of HR, Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington, WA4 4GE.
Once a parish is registered with thirtyone:eight they will be able to obtain free DBS advice on subjects such as who is eligible for a check by telephoning the thirtyone:eight helpline on 0303 003 1111 and quoting their parish registration number.
To amend parish personnel holding the roles of Recruiter or Lead Recruiter please complete Appendix Two - New Recruiter Appointment Form and return it to Mrs E Geddes, Diocesan Director of HR, Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington, WA4 4GE.
On rare occasions a blemished disclosure result is received: from the E-Bulk system the Parish Lead Recruiter and the Diocese will be able to ascertain whether the disclosure is clear or blemished, although they will not be aware of the information contained on the blemished disclosure. It is a Diocesan requirement that a blemished disclosure certificate should be obtained from the applicant by the Lead Recruiter who MUST post it marked ‘confidential’ to Mrs E Geddes, Diocesan Director of HR, Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington, WA4 4GE in order that she can arrange for risk assessment to be carried out by the Diocesan Safegurading Advisor. The applicant must not be appointed until the risk assessment process has been completed by the diocese.
Further information can be obtained from Church House (01928 718834) from:
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Changes to DBS Renewal Timeframe
When and how does the Guidance change from 5 yearly enhanced DBS rechecks to 3 yearly rechecks take effect?
From 4 January 2022, all new appointments and those whose enhanced DBS is due a recheck from that point onwards should have their DBS recheck carried out and then be put on the new 3 year recheck cycle.
By 4 January 2022, Church Bodies must have assessed all other individuals who do not fall into the above, but whose DBS is more than 3 years old and put a plan in place to ensure that all those individuals have a DBS no older than 3 years by 3rd January 2024 and after that, ensure they are also on the new 3 year recheck cycle.
This means all Church Bodies have a 2 year period from 4 January 2022 to 3 January 2024 to carry out the rechecks needed.
By 3 January 2024 all those requiring enhanced DBS (with/without Barred List) checks have a DBS certificate that is 3 years or less and will be on a 3 yearly re-check cycle.
These details and further guidance can be found in the Church of England information and FAQs re phasing in DBS renewal changes document.