Voluntary sector (third sector) strategy

Guidance notes have changed for vetting and barring

Before an organisation considers asking a person to apply for a criminal record check through DBS, they are legally responsible for ensuring that they are entitled to submit an application for the job role.

Levels of criminal record check available:

  • Standard checks – To be eligible for a standard level DBS certificate, the position must be included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975
  • Enhanced checks – To be eligible for an enhanced level DBS certificate, the position must be included in both the ROA Exceptions Order and in the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) regulations
  • Enhanced checks with children’s and/or adults’ barred list check(s) – To be eligible to request a check of the children’s or adults’ barred lists, the position must be eligible for an enhanced level DBS certificate as above and be specifically listed in the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) regulations as able to check the appropriate barred list(s)

Full guidance details for vetting and barring [external link]

Darlington Compact

Darlington Compact is a statement of partnership between the public sector and the voluntary and community sector. It is a commitment to work together more closely, and to respect each other's rights and responsibilities.

Healthwatch Darlington

Healthwatch Darlington is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Darlington. The organisation will help to shape and improve local health and social care in our community. Healthwatch Darlington is part of the Healthwatch national network, established by the Government to ensure local patients and users have a greater input to shaping and designing local services.

To find out more visit Healthwatch Darlington [external link].

Funding opportunities for the third sector

The Council funds the third sector by offering discretionary rate relief to charities who qualify for Mandatory Rate Relief.

A broad range of grants are distributed by County Durham Community Foundation [external link] who distribute over £2m in grants per year to organisations in Durham and Darlington.

Darlington Community Safety Partnership

Darlington Community Safety Partnership have just launched the next round of funding for activities to help administer their priorities and those of the Police and Crime Commissioner. These priorities are:

  • To reduce the effect of domestic abuse, particularly violence against women and girls
  • To reduce the effect of hate crime
  • To improve engagement with local communities across the Constabulary area
  • To address anti-social behaviour
  • To address the harm caused to individuals and communities by alcohol and drugs
  • To improve road safety by addressing careless and dangerous driving, speeding and other related road safety issues
  • To make our policing service visible and accessible at all times

The proposed amount of funding available is between approximately £5-10K maximum which would probably reflect smaller projects. Application form [word document]