VETTING & BARRING SCHEME WILL NOT STOP EXCESSIVE CRB CHECKS

September 14, 2009 12:00 AM

Commenting on the comments from the Chairman of the Independent Safeguarding Authority that the new Vetting and Barring System is intended to stop repeated CRB checks, Jenny Willott MP, Welsh Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, said:

"Our children's protection is essential but this system goes too far and will do nothing to end repeated and costly CRB checks.

"If an employer relies on this new vetting system alone, they will be open to the charge of negligence because, unlike CRB checks, these checks do not provide a full picture of someone's criminal history. It is hard to see many employers taking that risk.

"We are likely to see yet more repeated and costly CRB checks, further damaging the recruitment of adults who want work or volunteer to work with children. Last year, CRB alone cost people working with children and vulnerable adults over £0.5bn in fees.

"The government is in danger of creating a world in which we think every adult who wants to work with children means to do them harm. This is just plain wrong."

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