We would like to inform you about an important step being taken by our council to ensure the safety and well-being of our community. In our ongoing commitment to transparency and safeguarding, we are pleased to announce that all councillors will be undergoing Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
The purpose of these checks is to assess the suitability of individuals who hold positions of responsibility within the council, particularly when it comes to working with vulnerable individuals. While DBS checks are not universally mandatory for councillors, we believe it is crucial to take proactive measures to maintain the highest standards of accountability and protection.
Through this initiative, we aim to provide reassurance to our community that those elected to represent you have been subject to comprehensive background screening. By undergoing DBS checks, councillors will demonstrate their commitment to upholding the values of integrity, trust, and the best interests of our constituents.
It is important to note that DBS checks will be conducted when councillors are involved in activities or responsibilities that entail regular, direct, and unsupervised contact with vulnerable individuals. This includes roles in education, social services, or community services where interaction with vulnerable individuals is a significant part of their duties.
The decision to implement DBS checks for councillors has been made with careful consideration, and it reflects our commitment to maintaining a safe and secure environment for all members of our community. We encourage your support and understanding as we work together to build a stronger, more inclusive society.
Should you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact our council’s office. We appreciate your continued trust and cooperation as we strive to serve you better.