Safeguarding children is a priority on every Venture, and we follow up to date statutory guidance together with guidelines provided by a qualified Safeguarding Consultant.
Safeguarding children is of the utmost importance to Ventures. Our safeguarding policy and related procedures have been prepared in accordance with up to date statutory guidlines and guidance provided by a qualified Safeguarding Consultant. This requires all our volunteers to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure, the highest category of check, from the Disclosure and Barring Service. We also take up two written references on every new volunteer, and for every volunteer returning to the same team we ask their church leader to confirm their ongoing suitability for their leadership role.
You can download a copy of our safeguarding policy statement (pdf).
Should you have any concerns, we would ask you to contact either the main leader of your Venture, or the Ventures Office.
About DBS checks:
All volunteers must have a current DBS check through CPAS in order to volunteer on a Venture or Falcon.
The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) is an executive agency of the Home Office and helps organisations make safer recruitment decisions. By providing wider access to criminal record information, the DBS helps employers in the public, private and voluntary sectors identify candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work, especially that involving contact with children or other vulnerable members of society.
For your information, the DBS check is valid only on the day it is generated. However, we will recognise its validity for our purposes for three years from the date of issue. The Disclosure certificate is sent to the volunteer. Following the introduction of the DBS Update Service it is now possible to register to have your DBS Certificate kept up-to-date, enabling it to be used by different organisations where the same type and level of check is required.
As the position of Venture/Falcon leader is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act the DBS check will reveal any details of cautions, reprimands or final warnings, as well as formal convictions. This process is subject to a strict code to ensure confidentiality, fair practice and security of any information disclosed. The DBS Code of Practice and our own procedures are available on request for you to read. It is stressed that a criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to appointment, only if the nature of any matters revealed could be considered to place children at risk. Please be aware details of pending prosecutions, previous convictions, cautions, or bindovers against you will be disclosed along with any other relevant information which may be known to the police, Department of Health or the Department for Education and Skills.
As an organisation using the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) to help assess the suitability of applicants for positions of trust, CPAS complies fully with the DBS Code of Practice regarding the correct handling, use, storage, retention and disposal of Disclosures and Disclosure information. It also complies fully with its obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 and other relevant legislation pertaining to the safe handling, use, storage, retention and disposal of Disclosure information and has a written policy on these matters, which is available to those who wish to see it on request.