Community Action Fareham is
registered as an umbrella body with the DBS (the Disclosure and Barring
Service) and provides training for community groups. If you
would like us to countersign Disclosure applications for your organisation,
click here for more details.
If your organisation works with
children or vulnerable adults then you will want to update yourselves about the latest
regulations. A summary with links is given below. You may find it
beneficial to attend a briefing. These are being presented frequently
usually taking 2 hours. The update briefings are not a substitute for
Safeguarding Awareness Training or training for the Designated Safeguarding
DBS checks, previously called CRB
checks are only a small part of a safe recruitment process.
A child is someone who is under 18 years of age.
The definition of vulnerable adults is not as easy; it is about adults
who require support for their own care because of frailty, learning
disability or other forms of reduced capacity to look after themselves.
During 2011 and 2012 there were a number of
significant changes, in legislation and process, that all organisations,
that engage with children or adults who may be vulnerable, need to take
Act changed the definition of "Regulated Activity" and withdrew the
concept of "Controlled Activity"
One of the most important aspects of this is that
people who are barred from working with children or vulnerable adults ,
because they have been placed on the Children's Barred list or
Vulnerable Adults Barred list, must be excluded from working in that
organisation. The only way to check the barred list is through a
DBS check. Definitions of Regulated Activity are presented in the
Organisations that involve children or adults who need support should
undertake a risk assessment. This would include an assessment of
the risk related to activities, the wellbeing of the clients and of the
workers and to the organisation. From December 2012 organisations
which consider there is a substantial risk of someone abusing they
clients may continue to use DBS checks but, If the work is not "Regulated Activity", they
may not access the Barred Lists.
This is permitted through legislation provided by the Police Act 1997.
The DBS (CRB) Code of Practice covers this but it must be "substantial
requirements for DBS checks changed between May and September 2012.
The DBS Disclosure Application forms have changed
with only the "new" form being accepted by DBS after 1st March 2013.
The following resources may be
Briefing sheet on the changes
DBS Changes to Disclosure and Barring Booklet
Safer Recruitment Checklist
Our Summary Sheet of ID
Check requirements |
DBS instructions about checking ID
DBS ID Check scenarios
Community Action Fareham's
Training Web page - look for Update
Briefings | Safeguarding Awareness
Training | Training for
Record of Appointment decision
Model Safeguarding notice
- we recommend that a safeguarding notice is displayed in any place
where children's or vulnerable adults activities table place. it
is good to put a version on the website and with the literature of any
Stop it Now -
link for posters
Parents Protect - a project of the Lucy Faithful Foundation aiming
to enable Parents to raise awareness with children
DBS (CRB) Code of Practice
Charity Commission's guidance "Strategy
for Dealing with Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Issues in
General information is on the