The Diocese of Rochester takes seriously its responsibilities in the area of safeguarding and has followed national guidelines in establishing a range of Safeguarding Policies, Advice Notes and Forms.

The Diocese provides links to various types of training to assist parishes in safeguarding and details of these training opportunities can be found in the courses section of the website.

A part of the safeguarding process involves DBS disclosure. Following the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was formed in December 2012 by merging  the Criminal Records Bureau with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.  This new organisation will provide a joined up, seamless service combining the criminal records checking and barring functions and will help employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children. As a Diocese we use this service to check those who work, in both an employed and voluntary capacity, in a number of areas in the life of the Diocese and parishes.


Natasha Clemens  Bishop’s Adviser for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
 Janice Keen

 Tel: 01634 560000 or 07787445032
Jill Oxland

 Deputy Safeguarding Adviser
 Greg Barry
 Tel: 01634 560000


 Safeguarding Administrator
 Alison Jones
 Tel: 01634 560000

Useful Links

In addition to the guidance notes about the completion of a DBS application form available here, further help for applicants applying for DBS disclosure can be found on the Government website.


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