The Catholic Church in England and Wales is striving towards a culture of safeguarding where all are safe from harm and above and where every person is encouraged and enabled to enjoy the fullness of life in Jesus Christ through the prayerful, caring, nurturing, supportive and protective endeavours of the Catholic community, both individually and collectively.
The Diocesan policy requires that staff and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults have a DBS check completed before they begin their ministry, and then a re-check every three years after that.
The progress begins with volunteers filling in a Self-Declaration Form and posting it back to: Safeguarding, Plymouth Diocese Curia, St Boniface House, Ashburton, Newton Abbott TQ13 7JL.
Your details will be input onto a special database by the Safeguarding Team at St Boniface House and you will be emailed a link so that you can go online to check that the details which have been input on your behalf are correct.
Once you have done this you should contact one of our Safeguarding Representatives so that you can complete the identification process.
The identification process involves providing three forms of identification to the Safeguarding Representative. The details of the forms of identification acceptable can be found on the form you need to fill in, which is the ID Form.
If you are applying for a new post within the parish then you will need to fill in the Application Form along with the Self-Declaration Form.
Your Safeguarding Representative can help you at any stage through the process. Please contact the Parish Office who can give you their contact details or you can visit the Cathedral narthex where we have a poster which gives details of how to contact our Safeguarding Representatives; their details are also printed regularly in our newsletter.
You can click on the links above and download all the forms that you will need to go through the DBS process.
Your Safeguarding Representatives are there to help you go though the DBS procedure by advising you on the documentation you will need for your check and counter-signing to confirm your original documentation.
Safeguarding Representatives are also there as your point of contact if you have any safeguarding concerns within your church or parish.
Should you have any concerns around safeguarding within your Church or the Church overall then you should contact the Safeguarding Office at St. Boniface House, Ashburton. If, however, the matter requires an immediate response then contact should be made directly with the Police or Social Services Police Emergency – 999 Police Non Emergency Number - 101