The Catholic Church across Yorkshire’s historic West Riding since 1878


Safer Recruitment

What is DBS safer recruitment?

As part of its commitment to ensuring that children, young people and adults are kept safe from harm, the Catholic Church in England and Wales will apply robust selection and appointment processes to anybody who is applying to work or minister within the Church in a role which gives them direct access to children or adults. To find out more about DBS please click


All volunteers whether a DBS is required or not for the role, must complete the Safer Recruitment Process in full before taking up any role within the parish. See Process for DBS applications in the downloads column.

DBS for volunteers

Some roles will be working directly with children, young people and adults at risk; and will therefore require volunteers to undergo a DBS check before they undertake that role. The Parish Safeguarding Rep will discuss your role with you and decide if you need a DBS check.

There are different levels of DBS checks depending on your role. Legally we can only check you for the role you are undertaking.  Role description can be found here