Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

DBS Checks for anyone holding the Bishop’s licence, commission, authorisation, or permission (Clergy, PTO, Readers, Licenced Lay Ministers) and ordinands are always carried out by Diocese of Exeter staff. If you are a member of clergy or hold the Bishops licence and believe you need a DBS application, please speak to your Archdeaconry in the first instance.

DBS checks for parish staff and volunteers are undertaken by Parish DBS Evidence Checkers. Each parish/church/mission community will have at least one Parish DBS Evidence Checker who will be able to process the DBS application. Please speak to your Parish DBS Evidence Checker for more information.

DBS Administration for Parish DBS Evidence Checkers:

Prior to starting your role as Parish DBS Evidence Checker please read the Parish DBS Evidence Checker role description. Please then familiarise yourself with the Parish DBS Evidence Checker Flowchart which outlines the whole process of Parish DBS Evidence checking. Please also complete the ‘Safer Recruitment’ e-learning module, available via the Safeguarding Training pages.

Essential Forms:

Essential Guides:

Additional Notes:

  • DBS Code of Practice: Disclosure and Barring Service code on information exchanged between DBS and registered bodies.

For further information about Safer Recruitment please go to our Safer Recruitment and People Management page.