Safeguarding and volunteering

DBS eligibility and role descriptions

The Catholic Church is blessed with many volunteers who work hard to keep our parish communities thriving and active.

Safer recruitment
Help and support
Reporting a concern
Victim Support
Recheck and audit

How to volunteer with us

See all volunteering opportunities in the Archdiocese of Liverpool.

DBS for volunteers

Some roles will be working directly with children, young people and vulnerable adults; and will therefore require volunteers to undergo a DBS check before they undertake that role. The Parish Safeguarding Rep will discuss your role with you, and decide if you need a DBS check.

There are different levels of DBS checks depending on your role – this can be to checking you for a role with a child, a role with an adult, or both. Legally we can only check you for the role you are undertaking. Here is a list of the Roles eligible for a DBS certificate.

Code of Conduct for Volunteers

The Archdiocese of Liverpool expects that all volunteers will be exemplary models of moral behaviour and spiritual faith, committed to being positive role models and building the confidence of children, young people and all who they come into contact with. Volunteers are expected to:

Breaches and concerns

Any breaches of the Code of Conduct will be addressed by the group leader, or parish priest. This may also be reported to the safeguarding department for advice and guidance. More serious or persistent breaches may result in formal action being taken to address the concerns.

All concerns or allegations in relation to the abuse of a child or adult at risk will be dealt with using the national safeguarding policy and procedures in relation to the management of allegations and concerns.