Diocese of Carlisle

Safer Recruitment


Safer recruitment of church officers and volunteers is an essential ingredient of good safeguarding in church settings. Congregations expect a worship setting to be a safe space and we know that those with ill intentions towards (in particular) children and young people will seek out settings where people are trusting and processes are weak.

Safer recruitment fulfils two important functions. It can identify at an early stage persons who should not be working with children, young people or vulnerable adults. It also sends a clear message to the wider community that should they attempt to do so, such people will be identified and prevented from taking on roles of trust.

The key policy and guidance document agreed by the House of Bishops is the Practice Guidance: Safer Recruitment.

We recommend that a leader in each parish has read the guidance document with its comprehensive role definitions and model forms. To support parishes however, we have extracted and edited the principle messages from the guidance into a pack for PCCs and Parish Safeguarding Officers. The Word documents are designed to be adapted for parish use by PSOs. The documents in the pack are:

Carlisle Diocese supports parishes and the Cathedral in undertaking these checks. For further advice and application forms contact Isabel Ford.