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Good news re CRB checks

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AnninGlos Report 22 Dec 2012 11:04

At last somebody has seen sense. In future CRB checks will be on line and, at last, there will be no need to apply every time a different job or volunteer post is applied for as the information will be held centrally. Organisations will be able, with consent, to check on line for the certificate. And, volunteers and unpaid workers look as though they are going to get it free.


supercrutch Report 22 Dec 2012 11:13

It is a really good idea Ann provided these ARE kept up to date online.

We had to stop teaching youngsters in the bowling club because we need 4 or 5 CRB checks and the club had to bear the costs.

A sensible decision for once that will cut red tape, now that makes a change.

Budgie Rustler

Budgie Rustler Report 22 Dec 2012 11:23

I can`t see as this will make a diffference, will some one enlighten me.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 22 Dec 2012 11:34

Its the current duplication JC

Take a parent with time on their hands

They volunteer at

a Primary School
Play Group
Church creche

They would have to get a CRB check for each one.

Even a Teacher who volunteers elsewhere would also need additional CRB checks.

There are also 2 levels (edit 3) at different costs. One is sort of general where the person won't be alone with a child or vulnerable person, the other more rigourous where they will or might be.

It seems to be a good idea if the records are indeed on line and regularly updated. The problem might arise if the person has committed some crime which would rule them out with working with children/vulnerable adults after the original CRB check but before they took on a new position.


AnninGlos Report 22 Dec 2012 11:34

JC At the moment each time you volunteer for a position (i.e. to help in a school) with children or vulnerable adults you have to apply for a CRB check. This can take 28 days, meanwhile people lose interest in volunteering, and charities and schools can't take on willing helpers. Each time you have to apply separately. sending the form off and waiting for it to be returned. Doing the form on line will speed the initial form up a bit but the main thing is the information being held centrally and agencies and charities being able to check it on line. Presumably there will be some check to ask if there are any updates but it will apparently be very useful for Junior and locum doctors who need a new CRB check every time they move hospital. presumably it will take pressure off people like the police who have to respond to the checks too.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 22 Dec 2012 11:39

Standard - £26 Spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands, final warnings About 2 weeks

Enhanced - £44 As above - plus any additional information held locally by police forces that’s reasonably considered relevant to the post applied for About 4 weeks

Enhanced with list checks - £44 As above - plus a check of the appropriate DBS barred lists About 4 weeks

Actually, could we now be wrong about the cost to volunteers?

Checks for eligible volunteers are free of charge. This includes anyone who spends time helping people and:

isn’t being paid (apart from travel and basic expenses)
isn’t just looking after a close relative


Muffyxx Report 22 Dec 2012 11:40

At last a common sense decision !

Budgie Rustler

Budgie Rustler Report 22 Dec 2012 11:50

Ah I see, its a cost cutting exercise. I thought for a moment it was some thing to do with the actual CRB check its self.

I take it that CRB information will stay as is, and whoever the check is done on HAVE to give their consent?


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 22 Dec 2012 11:58

Having the check done is normally a pre-requisite of being accepted as a volunteer or employee.

Budgie Rustler

Budgie Rustler Report 22 Dec 2012 12:13

Thanks for the info given all

Sounds like a good idea at that then. :-)

It come across as if it was making it easy for any Joe Bloggs to do a check on say, that unsavoury looking new neighbour a few doors away. :-D


AnninGlos Report 22 Dec 2012 12:30

I did say, 'with consent' JC


ann Report 22 Dec 2012 12:45

I had my new CRB renewed 10 days ago by online method.I already have it back.Much quicker than the old way.

Budgie Rustler

Budgie Rustler Report 22 Dec 2012 15:34

So you did SAG, I do apologise, I must have skimmed over that bit.

It makes you think though ... 12 months ago Saville`s CRB check would have been OK`d, so its not a foolproof thing is it. It only goes on convictions, unfortunately.
Ah! but there are more. JC

Addage; (but something is better than nothing) :-)


AnninGlos Report 22 Dec 2012 15:38

Nothing seems to be foolproof, and the CRB has failed us before.

Budgie Rustler

Budgie Rustler Report 22 Dec 2012 15:54

Ann, I believe you`re probably thinking of the Huntley fiasco a right cock up that appeared to be.
I think they've learnt a lesson from that, hither a Central Control base, combining all Police districts.


AnninGlos Report 22 Dec 2012 16:03

That's one of them, then there were the nursery school workers, can't remember names and the photos of the babies. They must all have had checks but thus far had not offended. There will always be loopholes to crawl through.

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 22 Dec 2012 22:36

Centrally held information should help alot.
When I did supply teaching, I needed checks for each individual primary school, even though they were all under the same county council.

I needed yet another to help in a nearby nursery school.

The paperwork for the latter and for one of the schools was sent off within the same fortnight.


Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 23 Dec 2012 05:54

Good news, my son was telling me that his CRB check doesn't cover him for any other voluntary posts except the one it was done for, so this new idea makes a lot more sense. At last someone with a bit of common sense



Susan10146857 Report 23 Dec 2012 07:35

My daughter is a brownie leader. She was allowed to start before the CRB check was finalised. We were amazed and I was angry. My daughter could have been a criminal, thank goodness she isn't .


Penny Report 23 Dec 2012 07:46

Having applied for a job in July, been appointed in October and STILL waiting for a CRB to be finalised, I'd say it was a very good idea, as I have had 3 in the last 12 months for other things, none of which are transferable