Criminal record checks for those working with children to be scaled back

13 February 2011
Criminal record checks for those working with children to be scaled back

The Home Office has announced measures to reduce the number of people requiring criminal record checks under the ISA Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

Proposed measures include:

- merging the Independent Safeguarding Authority and Criminal Records Bureau into one single body
- requiring only those working closely and regularly with children to require checks
- making criminal record checks portable, so that a single check can be used by multiple organisations
- stopping employers from taking up criminal record checks when they are not entitled to do so.

The government's aim is to create a system which is proportionate and not bureaucratic. Further details of how the scheme will be modelled are anticipated in due course.

Source: Home Office, BBC, Volunteering England

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