Safeguarding >> Guidance


Implement best practice when working with children and vulnerable adults.
You'll find information to understand what your duties are.

There are also example policies and guidelines to help you draft workplace documentation.

Completing the DBS application form: e-guide has prepared an online guide to completing DBS application forms, to be viewed as a powerpoint presentation.


DBS referrals: guide for employers and volunteer managers has official guidance on making referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service.


Revised safeguarding statutory guidance - working together

The Department for Education has published statutory guidance on how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and how practitioners should conduct the assessment of children.


Criminal record checks: guidance for employers provides comprehensive guidance on criminal record checks including guidance on making an application, common errors, details on the application process and applicants' rights.


Guidance on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

This document from provides a comprehensive introduction to changes in legislation effective 10 March 2014, concerning spent convictions.


Reforms to help reduce reoffending come into force summarises the shorter timescales in which a criminal conviction becomes "spent" under new rules effective 10 March 2014.


DBS filtering guidance

The government has produced guidance on the rules which mean that old and minor convictions are no longer disclosed on disclosure and barring service checks. This document is in PDF format.


DBS check: eligible positions guidance has provided guidance which summarises the positions for which standard and enhanced criminal record checks can be sought, by law.


DBS list of offences that will never be filtered from a criminal record check has published guidance on the convictions and cautions which will always appear on Disclosure and Barring Service checks.


Criminal record checks for overseas applicants lists the methods country by country through which you can obtain foreign criminal record checks.


Is a volunteer engaging in regulated activity?

Volunteering England provides simple decision trees to help organisations understand whether their volunteers or staff are engaging in regulated activity, for the purposes of criminal record checks.

DBS filtering guidance provides guidance on changes to criminal record checks where minor and old offences and cautions do not appear on new Disclosure and Barring Service certificates.


Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks provides an introduction to criminal record checks, outlining the different DBS checks available, and for whom these checks may be sought.


Find an umbrella body has a free directory of organisations which can be used to process criminal record checks/ disclosure and barring service checks for voluntary organisations.


Disclosure and barring supporting information pack

The Home Office provides guidance on some frequently asked questions about vetting and barring changes, introduced from September 2012. This documents opens as a PDF.

Changes to disclosure and barring: what you need to know

This short booklet from the Home Office outlines the key changes to criminal record checks which take effect from September 2012 onwards.

Revised and enhanced identification checking guidelines

These new guidelines, launched by the Criminal Records Bureau in May 2012, describe how organisations should now check documents for criminal record checks. The guidelines are to be implemented by all organisations by the end of August 2012.

Also available are a compilation of Frequently Asked Questions on the changes, and example scenarios. 

How to fill out the criminal record check application form

Directgov provides some common do's and don't's for completing a CRB form as an applicant.

How do I check an applicant's criminal record?

This guide from Business Link helps a counter-signatory to check over a CRB application form to see that it is completed correctly.

Online safeguarding self assessment

The Safe Network has an online tool to help you assess whether your current safeguarding practices are adequate for your organisation. Also find a comprehensive toolkit and set of standards to help you ensure that children and vulnerable adults are protected.

Safeguarding handbook

Bradford Council for Voluntary Services has produced a useful safeguarding handbook to familiarise with readers with good practice and legislation around safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

Recruitment of people working with children and vulnerable adults

This CIPD factsheet gives an overview of the legislation which governs those working with children and vulnerable groups.


Employing the right people

Safe Network has a section on the key processes and procedures you'll need in place to ensure you're fulfilling your responsibilities as an employer working with children and vulnerable adults.

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