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Abolish CRB checks

Comment 6th July 2010

Remove the law that says Voluntary organisations must complete Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks before allowing an individual to participate. If removing CRB checks is considered too politically dangerous (red-tops would have a regular field day), make the legislation optional. The charity involved could then perform a 'local' assessment of need and decide whether CRB checks are appropriate. All the above also applies to Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and Vetting and Barring Scheme (VSB). 

Why does this matter?

This is important because it combines a liberal approach to life and at the same time removes an expensive bureaucratic overhead on society.

CRB checks assume a default position that everyone needs to be checked so that a tiny percentage of 'bad people' can be controlled. This is plain wrong !

CRB checks are expensive.

CRB process is creating mistakes which impact on people's lives.

CRB has led to ISA and VSB, the only justification for which seems to be that they are an improvement on CRB.

 

 


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