I am a school Governor, Young Enterprise Mentor and Chairman/Trustee of the local Home-Start scheme. For each of these I have had to complete a CRB form which costs £70+ on each occasion and with a significant delay betwee application and clearance.
Is it not possible to devise a method whereby individuals seek their CRB check once and that this becomes portable within a specified timeframe of (say) three years at which point, a review takes place automatically? This should not only save a significant amount of money but also cut out the cynicism at the thought that this is just a revenue generation activity!
Why does this idea matter?
The credibility of "Every Child Matters" and the safe-keeping agenda is vital and many 'good' folk are turned off from their desire to volunteer to help in the young family arena because of the perceived difficulty (and intrusion) of having to go through the CRB process every time they move into a new field where criminal records might be a factor in deciding whether the person is acceptable or not for the role they are offering themselves for.