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DBS faith-Specific Guidance

The DBA has created faith-specific guidance around DBS checks and can be found here:-  DBS has created faith-specific guidance around DBS checks – GOV.UK (


Some key points to note are set out below:


Adult workforce

The guidance clarifies that the main activities that will make a role eligible for an Enhanced DBS check without an Adult’s Barred List check are as follows:

  • assistance, advice or guidance wholly or mainly for certain adults (for example, a support group for people dealing with illness)
  • conveying certain adults to and from the faith centre (for example, driving a minibus on behalf of the faith centre to enable people who would otherwise not be able to attend due to age, illness or disability)
  • day-to-day management of people undertaking these activities

These activities will only be eligible when they are provided to adults who fall within certain groups which are set out in legislation.

For faith centres, the most likely groups that fall within this are adults:

  • living in residential accommodation because of their care or nursing needs.
  • living in accommodation provided because they are or have been a pupil in a residential special school
  • living in sheltered housing
  • in receipt of care or assistance at home because of their age, health or disability.
  • in receipt of the activity because of their age, illness or disability

The person carrying out the activity must be doing it:

  • at any time on more than three days in any period of 30 days; or
  • at any time between 2 am and 6 am and the activity gives the person the opportunity to have face-to-face contact with the adult; or
  • at least once a week on an ongoing basis.

For example

An individual who drives the minibus for the church, whose role includes driving elderly and disabled individuals to and from church, and does this once a week every Sunday, would be eligible to apply for an Enhanced DBS check without the Adults’ Barred List check.



Regulated activity – adult workforce

Anyone who transports adults, on behalf of the faith setting, to, from or between anywhere they receive health care, social work or personal care so that they can access these services is in regulated activity with adults and eligible for an Enhanced DBS check with an Adults’ Barred List check.


Child workforce

Overnight and residential stays:

If any individual, whether staff or volunteer, is responsible for:
  • the care or supervision of children other than their own  overnight between 2am and 6am, with the opportunity for face to face contact – even if this is done only once – that person can get an enhanced DBS check with a check of the children’s Barred List (regulated activity)
  • teaching, training or instructing children other than their own during this time or providing them with advice and guidance on their physical, emotional or educational wellbeing between 2am and 6am – that person can also get an enhanced DBS check with a check of the children’s Barred List (regulated activity)

Sheffield City Council Vacancies for Commissioning Officer Posts

We are currently recruiting to two Commissioning Officer posts (one permanent, one temporary for nine months) in the Council’s All Age Mental Health Commissioning Team. I would be grateful for your help in advertising these vacancies among your networks and am happy to take any queries by email.


The link for more information and to apply for the posts is:

Safeguarding Adults Digital Conference | Broadcast Live | Wednesday 24th March 2021

Safeguarding Adults Digital Conference | Broadcast Live | Wednesday 24th March 2021

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on safeguarding policy and practice. Westminster Insight’s Safeguarding Adults Digital Conference will explore the latest best practice and insights on how to deliver effective adult safeguarding during the pandemic and beyond.

Join to hear the most recent evidence from Dr. Adi Cooper OBE, from the Care and Health Improvement Programme (CHIP) on the impact of COVID-19 on Safeguarding Activity; and Suzie Braye will present findings from the first national analysis of Safeguarding Adult Reviews.

Expert Speakers:
• Kenny Gibson, National Safeguarding Lead, NHS
• Simon Bayliss, Practice Development Manager for Safeguarding of Children and Adults, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
• Dr. Adi Cooper OBE, Care and Health Improvement Advisor (Adult Safeguarding Lead), LGA
• Suzy Braye OBE, Emerita Professor of Social Work, University of Sussex, and Independent Adult Safeguarding Consultant
• Dr. Sharon Raymond, GP Director, Covid Crisis Rescue Foundation,and Head of Primary Care, Inspiral Health
• Clenton Farquharson MBE, Chair Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) Partnership Board
• George Coxon, Director Classic Care Homes
• Neil King, Head of Safeguarding Leicester Partnership NHS Trust
• Jim Poyser, Senior Manager for MCA and DOLS Surrey County Council
• Teresa Kippax, National Safeguarding Advisor Children and Adults, Care Quality Commission Directorate of Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care
• Josie Allan, Senior Policy and Partnerships Manager, Missing People

Key Points:
• Implementing effective strategies for comprehensive safeguarding practice
• Supporting staff and vulnerable adults in contexts of isolation, or shielding
• The impact of lockdown on safeguarding activity in Local Authorities – reviewing the evidence
• Findings from the first national analysis of Safeguarding Adult Reviews
• Promoting multiagency collaboration and positive culture to ensure staff can best communicate, signpost needs and protect vulnerable adults

Conference details:
Wednesday 24th March 2021
09:30 – 15.30
Broadcast Live

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A non-exhaustive list of statutory and support services available within Hallam Diocese and nationally, for more information regarding any of the services contact the Hallam Safeguarding Team on 0114 2566453. Please note call charges may apply to the telephone lines provided.


In an emergency or when a crime is ongoing call 999 immediately.

For less urgent enquiries or to report a crime which has already occurred call the police on 101.

Adult Social Care

Barnsley Adult Social Care 01226 773300

Derbyshire Adult Social Care 01629 533190 urgent out of hours 01629 532600

Doncaster Adults Safeguarding;, 01302 737063, Urgent Out of Hours 01302 796000, Deaf SMS/Text- 0797 903 1116.

Nottinghamshire Adult Safeguarding 0300 500 80 80 urgent out of hours 0300 456 4546

Sheffield Adults or 0114 273 4908

Children’s Social Care

Barnsley Children’s Assessment Team; 01226 772423 or urgent out of hours; 01226 787789

Derbyshire Children’s Services 01629 533190, out of hours and emergency 01629 532600, also a text service; 86555.

Doncaster Children’s Services 01302 734100 or urgent out of hours 01302 737391

Nottinghamshire Children’s and Families Direct 0115 876 4800

Rotherham Safeguarding Children Operational Service Unit 01709 823 914

Rotherham Children’s Services urgent out of hours 01709 336 080

Sheffield Safeguarding Hub 0114 273 4855.

Child Support Lines

Childline 0800 1111 (Under 18’s)

NSPCC 0808 800 5000

Counselling Services

Bereavement, CRUSE 0808 808 1677

Hallam Caring Services- Diocesan Counselling Service- 0114 256 6407


Dementia UK 0800 888 6678

National Dementia Helpline 0300 222 11 22

Domestic Abuse


National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247

Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327

Respect (for perpetrators) 0808 802 4040

Broken Rainbow UK (LGBT Service) 0800 999 5428

FGH 0800 028 3550



Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service 0114 2493920

Sheffield Domestic Abuse helpline (including support for men) 0808 8082241

Sheffield Domestic Abuse Outreach Service (including support for men) 0114 2706999

Victim Support (including domestic abuse service for men) 0114 2758411

Sheffield Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service 0114 2752157

National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline 0800 9995428

NSPCC Young People’s Centre 0114 2289200

Social Care Service (24 hours) 0114 2734855



Doncaster Council Advice and Homelessness 01302 862043

Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling 01302 360421

Doncaster Victim Support 01302 365531

Doncaster Independent Domestic Violence Advocates 01302 737080



Barnsley Independent Domestic Abuse Service 03000 110110

Victim Support 01226 243761

Barnsley Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Helpline BSARCH 01226 298560



Rotherham Rise 01709 912423

Victim Support 01709 361076

Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service 01709 823196

Rotherham Women’s Counselling Service 01709 835482

Youth Start (13-19 year olds) 01709 25526

Apna Haq- (Support for women from the BAME Community) 07824 767170



Derbyshire Domestic Abuse 24hr Helpline 0800 0198 668

The Elm Foundation 01246 540464



Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Service NIDAS – 01623 683250

Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid 24hr Helpline- 0808 800 0340


Shelter (Homelessness) 0808 800 4444

Young Women’s Housing Project (For women aged 16-25) 0114 2680580

St Wilfrid’s Centre 0114 255 5720

Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage

Karma Nirvana 0800 5999 247

Ashiana Sheffield 0114 255 5740

Human Trafficking/Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery Helpline –0800 0121 700

Learning Disability

Mencap Learning Disability Helpine 0808 808 1111

Respond (Survivors of abuse with learning disabilities) 0207 383 0700

Mental Health

MIND- 0300 123 3393 Text: 86463

NHS Helpline 111

NHS Sheffield Mental Health Single Access Point- 0114 2263636

Rethink 0300 5000 927

Samaritans- Free phone: 116 123


Citizens advice 0344 411 1444

Money Advice Service 0800 138 7777

Rape & Sexual Abuse

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor ISVA 03000 110 110

Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre- 0808 8020013

Doncaster Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Service (DRASACS)- 01302 360421

Sheffield Rape Crisis (SRASAC)- 0808 802 0013

Survivors of Sexual Abuse

SurvivorsUK (Male Survivors of Abuse) Whatsapp 07491 816064 or SMS 020 33221860 or online chat

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) 0808 801 0331

The Survivors Trust – 08088 010818

Ministers and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors-08088 010340

Survivors Advisory Panel – to be updated

Respond (Survivors of abuse with learning disabilities) 0207 383 0700

Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors (Nottingham) 0115 8240314

Perpetrators of Abuse

Stop it Now Confidential Helpline- 0808 1000 900


National Stalking Helpline/Suzy Lamplugh Trust 0808 802 0300

Substance Misuse

FRANK 0300 1236600

Drugwise 0800 002200

Drinkline 0300 123 1110

DrugFAM (For families affected by drug/alcohol abuse) 0300 888 3853

National Association for Children of Alcoholics 0800 358 3456

Release 020 7324 2989

Support for Older People

Action on elder abuse 080 8808 8141

Age UK 0800 678 1602

Independent Age 0800 319 6789

Victim Support 0808 5062780

Launch of Safe Spaces

I am very pleased to announce the launch of a new service dedicated to the support and accompaniment of those who have suffered abuse within the Church, which will complement the existing support services within the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Safe Spaces, a joint Catholic/Anglican initiative, is the fruit of an ongoing collaboration between the churches who wish to reach out to and support those who have experienced such abuse. The charity Victim Support (VS) will independently manage the project with the aim of offering help to anyone who may have experienced trauma in the context of church activity. Their experience in offering support to victims of abuse, support which not only puts victims first but which is also informed by their experience, is a great step in helping us to hear and respond in a more concrete way to their needs.

Bishop Paul Mason, Lead Bishop for Safeguarding

Please click on the link below for more information…….

Safe Spaces Briefing Paper – Final – 29.09.20

If for any reason you think this service would be helpful to you, please contact the Safeguarding Coordinator, Marie O’Donnelly on 01142566454 / 07909117964, who will be able to make a confidential referral for you and can further discuss any additional support needs.



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Parent Line 0808 800 2222