Children should be totally safe within our churches to learn about Jesus without being put at risk. We do this primarily because it honours God, but we also want to make sure that we’re acting above reproach in the eyes of children’s parents, our communities and the government.
One of the ways a church can take precautions concerning those who work with children is to obtain a Disclosure certificate for each person from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). However, an organisation has to be a ‘registered body’ with the DBS before it can submit Disclosure applications. When the CRB was first set up, some churches registered to do their own checks but there is now a minimum number of applications required per year for any organisation to retain its registration. This means churches are obliged to use a registered body to process any Disclosure applications.
From September 2012 FIEC has entered into a partnership arrangement with CCPAS (Churches Child Protection Advisory Service) so that affiliated churches can register with CCPAS in order to submit DBS Disclosure applications. This also gives churches access to CCPAS’ expertise in all areas of safeguarding.
Please contact us if you would like to know more or if you would like to use this service.
FIEC Practical Services is the trading name of The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches Limited (FIEC Ltd.). FIEC Ltd. is a Registered Charity in England and Wales No. 251395, a Company incorporated in England No. 225717, and a Charity Registered in Scotland SC039913.
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