Safeguarding Background

Working with Children


Diocesan policies, procedures and practices seek to highlight the importance of protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults by detailing best practice and the procedures that must be taken by the relevant agencies.

  • All Diocesan Church Workers including volunteers apply for their own Working with Children Check every five years.
  • Employers must verify a child related worker’s or volunteer’s clearance number.
  • The Office for Safeguarding (Chancery) manages all Working with Children Check verifications for Clergy and Chancery paid workers who are in child related roles.
  • Parishes manage all the Working with Children Check verifications for paid workers or volunteers in child related roles.
  • The same Working with Children Check applies to everyone – paid workers, self-employed people or volunteers.
  • All persons with a clearance will be continuously monitored for serious sex or violence offences.
  • All Diocesan Church Workers in child related roles, including volunteers, are required to renew their Working with Children’s Check prior to the expiry date.

Applications for the Working with Children Check and the Employers verification process are completed online. A fee applies for paid workers and self-employed people when applying for a Working with Children Check and is free for volunteers. 

Relevant Safeguarding offices assist agencies with advice on which roles are considered child related and require a check. Positions that are considered child related cannot be taken up until the check is verified. For assistance please contact the relevant Office for Safeguarding.