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Stop people needing multiple criminal records checks

Comment 15th March 2013

Many people working with vulnerable groups, either as volunteers or paid members of staff, need to be vetted through a criminal records check. While this is entirely appropriate it is ridiculous that some people have four, five or even more checks done in the course of a year because they do work in a different area or department, even when with the same organisation.

Make the checks proportionate enough to ensure that one is enough, get rid of the extra red tape and costs involved and allow people the flexibility to move between posts or to volunteer efficiently and effectively.

there could even be a way to easily generate quarterly updates if the records checks were linked to the court systems, therby giving regular updates.

Why does this matter?

My idea would cut costs and ensure volunteers were not left waiting around for a records check when moving to another volunteering opportunity (which often puts people off)



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