We believe that policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people are a proper expression of the good news of Jesus that we want to share.
Individuals in our churches will often encounter these policies and procedures In the form of their own church safeguarding policy, the BUGB Safe to Grow book, Safe to Grow training, and DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) criminal record checks.
Here are answers to a few commonly asked questions:
1. Who needs to do safeguarding training, and how do we access it?
WEBA provides the Safe to Grow training programme recommended by BUGB, and has a list of approved trainers who can provide training at your church.
2. Where can I get forms for DBS (formerly CRB) checks?
We are encouraging churches to apply for DBS certificates online, as it’s quicker, and the verifier receives notification of the result, rather than relying on the applicant to produce a certificate. Please contact us if you need to apply using a paper form.
3. How do I access the online DBS application system?
Every BUGB church should have one or more people registered as a DBS Verifier. By default, this is the Minister and Secretary. Everyone registered as a Verifier will have been sent login details for the online application system operated by DDC (Due Diligence Checking). If you can’t find these, you could contact DDC at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0845 644 3298.
The login page for online applications is here:
4. How can our minister renew his DBS check?
WEBA is responsible for verifying DBS checks for ministers. Please contact the WEBA office and we will organize this for you.
5. How do I get hold of the ‘Safe to Grow’ book?
Safe to Grow (2011 edition/green cover) is available through the Baptists Together online shop:
The companion document, Safe to Belong, (safeguarding for vulnerable adults) is available as a pdf download here:
More information is available on the Safeguarding pages on the Baptists Together website.