_Withington Child Contact Centre requires all new volunteers to have a criminal records check through the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). All volunteers will have a CRB check undertaken every three years, and the CRB checks will be processed through the Churches Agency for Safeguarding.
All advertisements for positions within the contact centre will contain the statement “A Criminal Records Bureau disclosure will be requested in the event of a successful application”
In accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, all application forms will contain the statement “A criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a position”
All application forms will contain a section requiring the signature of the applicant stating that they are willing for a CRB disclosure to be undertaken.
The Contact Centre recognises that an offence listed in a disclosure is not necessarily a bar to volunteering
The Contact Centre will review any information listed in a disclosure and will consider the following when reviewing an applicant's suitability:
Whether the conviction or other matter revealed is relevant to the position in question
_The seriousness of any offence or other matters revealed
The length of time since the offence or other matter occurred
Whether the applicant has a pattern of offending behaviour or other relevant matters
The circumstances surrounding the offence and the explanation(s) offered by the convicted person
If an application is subject to disclosure information, the final decision as to the suitability of the applicant rests with the Connexional Safeguarding Advisory Panel. This decision will be taken in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and will be after discussion with the applicant.
3. Security and Retention of Disclosure Information
The Contact Centre takes confidentiality seriously and ensures that all information regarding disclosures is kept in a secure place, under lock and key.
Only relevant personnel have access to disclosure information
CRB sends out 2 copies of each disclosure per applicant:
One copy of the disclosure is sent to the applicant named in the disclosure
The other copy of the disclosure is sent to a named member of the accrediting body, in this case Withington Methodist Church
Disclosure information is destroyed in a confidential manner (shredding)
4. Levels of Disclosure Checks
The Contact Centre processes all checks at the level of “Enhanced" as defined by the CRB
In the interests of the safety of the children using the centre, it is required that all new volunteers undertake a CRB disclosure, regardless of any already held
There is no charge for undertaking a CRB disclosure
This policy is reviewed annually and updated as necessary. It was last reviewed in January 2013.