The Association takes safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. We have a dedicated Safeguarding Officer, and a regularly updated Safeguarding Policy (policy and other essential documents available to download below).
Anyone who regularly teaches, trains or supervises children must have a DBS check done by the parish safeguarding officer (usually a member of the PCC). Ringers in general supporting roles or who only undertake one-off teaching/deputising do not need DBS checks.
Remember, a child or vulnerable adult could come to your ringing room at any time, so at least one person in every tower should have an up-to-date DBS check. The DBS check can be automatically updated or renewed every five years. The person responsible for safeguarding in each tower (who must be DBS-checked) must attend a Diocesan training update session every three years.
So much of safeguarding is really just good practice: always obtain written parental consent to teach children and ensure that two adults are present (preferably one male and one female) when children are present. Towers are also advised to keep an attendance register, just so you can look back to see who was present at any ringing occasion.
In January 2016 the Central Council of Church Bell ringers have published several helpful documents, including a general statement on Safeguarding: A Guide for Bell -Ringers. We recommend that each tower keeps a copy of this in the ringing chamber.