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About the system

← Return to the United Reformed Church mini site In 2015 the United Reformed Church (URC) undertook a review of their Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) arrangements for local churches and Synods, to offer the best possible service and highest standards of service to United Reformed Churches. After a lengthy period of evaluation a new supplier was chosen, with the contract awarded to Due Diligence Check…

Useful links

…←  Return to the United Reformed Church mini site Useful links The United Reformed Church Home Page The United Reformed Church Safeguarding Section The United Reformed Church DBS Checks section (England & Wales) The United Reformed Church PVG Checks section (Scotland) Form required to add/remove/edit a DBS or PVG Verifier  …

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The PVG Process – churches and synods

← Return to the United Reformed Church mini site The United Reformed Church PVG Process The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme applies to applicants working or volunteering in Scotland. There are two different ways to initiate the process based upon the contact details of the Verifier, and the access to the online Client Area. Irrespective of the format for requesting the check the applicant will need to complete one of two types of pap…

The online application process – churches and synods

…inister and AALP application guidance. Obtain your log-in information. The United Reformed Church has provided DDC with a list of those currently authorised to access the system. This list is updated periodically by the United Reformed Church once the approved process had been followed for making changes to Church personnel. Once you have your log-in details please click on log-in at the top right of this page, or follow the link in the email. Fro…

Running checks on ministers and Assembly Accredited Lay Preachers (AALP)

…(PVG) Scheme applies to ministers working or volunteering in Scotland. The United Reformed Church will submit an application for ministers carrying out Regulated Work within the church, to ensure that they ‘register an interest’ in that applicant. This means that should that applicant become ‘considered for barring’ in the future, the church would be notified by Disclosure Scotland. Unfortunately Disclosure Scotland do not yet have an online submi…

About the new system

…who is standing down or if you would like to add another verifier for your church, please complete and return a Verifier Update form . This will need to be approved by your Minister or Church Secretary. The BUGB National Safeguarding Team will share this information with DDC, who will initiate the new log-in(s) as required. If there is a basic change in details, for example a new contact number or change of email address you can inform DDC directl…

The paper application process – churches and synods

…For more information on requesting PVG checks in Scotland please read the United Reformed Church PVG process page. How will the paper application process work? Any Verifier choosing a completely paper application process should read the Paper Quick Start Guide for an overview of how the process will be completed. As a general outline the Verifier will need to follow these simple steps: Step 1 – Provide the applicant with a pack containing a…

News articles

…← Return to the United Reformed Church mini site Please note that News Letters and Articles specific to the United Reformed Church will be added this section once they have been approved and published. For general information or News relating to criminal record checks please view the DDC News Section….

Getting Started – the paper process

…n time of 4 weeks for a Certificate. Once the process is completed, as the Church Verifier you can: Contact DDC on 0845 644 3298 to confirm that the Certificate has been issued, evaluated and the applicant can start their role in the Church. Check your online Client Area to confirm the Certificate’s status *Since 2012 the DBS have offered eBulk which is a service linked with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) communications systems, to allow the…