Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)


DDC (Due Diligence Checking Ltd) is the Registered Body that processes all DBS applications from the Methodist Church.

There are two checks made through DBS – criminal record checks (for all those eligible) and barred status check (for those in regulated activity).  All ministers are deemed to be doing regulated activity and so both checks are necessary.  The checks are required every 5 years or earlier where safeguarding concerns arise.  Checks are required for all presbyters and deacons, including supernumeraries, irrespective of whether they are in active work.

The DBS checks will be done electronically - contact the District Office for further information.  (Ministers need to be checked for 'Child and Adult workforce' and regulated activity with both children and vulnerable adults.)  Please inform the District Office of the date of the renewed clearance as soon as it comes through.