A DBS ( Disclosure and Barring Service ) check clinic, formerly known as CRB ( Criminal Record Bureau) check clinic will be held on 23rd November from 11-00 to 14-00 at St Joseph’s parish centre 99 Audley Range Blackburn BB1 1TG .
Any Volunteer who has not yet completed the safer recruitment process or whose previous check is more than three years old should take advantage of the clinic. anyone who plans to attend should let the Parish Safeguarding representative know this is Mr. Joe Slater and he will advise about the process.
The Catholic Church requires all volunteers who work with children or adults at risk of harm to be recruited safely. Although not all roles will require a DBS check all volunteers are required to complete a Volunteer Application form and self declaration form to follow the safer recruitment process.
The Salford Catholic Safeguarding Commission held a conference on 16th November at the Cathedral Centre The subject was Mental Health, Wellbeing and Inclusion. As part of the day delegates were invited to consider some case studies to spark conversations about how the parish should respond in order to make people fell included in the catholic community. One was about Susan;
My name is Susan, I have been a church reader for many years. I live on my own now as I have recently lost my husband. Other members of the parish have noticed me forgetting my words, turning up late and making odd remarks. I am also a member of the over 60’s club and I have recently felt like the other members are chatting to me less and less. I don’t have any children or extended family, the church has always been a central part of my life and a way to meet other people, get involved in the community and socialize. I fell like I am a burden to my fellow churchgoers.
There were several other similar scenarios including a homeless man, a young person with disability who wanted to be an altar server, someone born female who wanted to be identified as a male and an Asian community worker wanting to organize an all faith community event. It made for interesting discussions.