if we have unfair enhanced CRBs so should MPs

MPs should also have enhanced CRBs as a condition for employment. Harriett Harman has a driving conviction.The CPS took her to court but the police did not take her DNA.Surely her DNA should now be taken as she is on the police national computer because of this conviction. Ed Balls was stopped and fined by the police because he was driving and using his mobile phone while his young children were in the back of the car. Surely he should be banned from working with children because this must come up as "soft information" on his enahnced CRB?  Surely the Chief constable thinks this as being relevant in Mr Ed Balls case?

Why is this idea important?

MPs should also have enhanced CRBs as a condition for employment. Harriett Harman has a driving conviction.The CPS took her to court but the police did not take her DNA.Surely her DNA should now be taken as she is on the police national computer because of this conviction. Ed Balls was stopped and fined by the police because he was driving and using his mobile phone while his young children were in the back of the car. Surely he should be banned from working with children because this must come up as "soft information" on his enahnced CRB?  Surely the Chief constable thinks this as being relevant in Mr Ed Balls case?

Keep the scaled down VBS and scrap the CRB

The vetting and barring scheme should be scaled down by the government but it should then immediately replace the CRB.

1 application form is needed for VBS unlike the CRB. Only relevant cautions, convictions and soft information are considered by the VBS unlike the CRB. The VBS cannot bar a person based solely on soft information. But when soft information is printed on a CRB employers do bar the person. VBS allows a person to make representations unlike the CRB.

Also the VBS is more effective because it will tell the employer if there is relevant information recently acquired.

Why is this idea important?

The vetting and barring scheme should be scaled down by the government but it should then immediately replace the CRB.

1 application form is needed for VBS unlike the CRB. Only relevant cautions, convictions and soft information are considered by the VBS unlike the CRB. The VBS cannot bar a person based solely on soft information. But when soft information is printed on a CRB employers do bar the person. VBS allows a person to make representations unlike the CRB.

Also the VBS is more effective because it will tell the employer if there is relevant information recently acquired.

Independent body to review the releasing of soft information on crb

If the coalition government are not able to completely change the removing of soft information from Enahnced CRBs why not have an independent body who decide if soft information is released. The police can pass cases onto them to assess. At the moment it is a lucky dip-some police forces will rarely release soft information others will do so all of the time. This will also save police time because at the moment when police release soft information on an enhanced CRB there is a dispute and the police have to investigate. They then have to change and re-change the wording of the information. People will then also see the CRB as being fairer.    

Why is this idea important?

If the coalition government are not able to completely change the removing of soft information from Enahnced CRBs why not have an independent body who decide if soft information is released. The police can pass cases onto them to assess. At the moment it is a lucky dip-some police forces will rarely release soft information others will do so all of the time. This will also save police time because at the moment when police release soft information on an enhanced CRB there is a dispute and the police have to investigate. They then have to change and re-change the wording of the information. People will then also see the CRB as being fairer.    

old cautions should not appear on an enhanced CRB

If a teacher had a caution for shoplifing or using a train without a pass when say they were 16 they have to declare it even after 50 years later if they go for a job.If it is stepped down it shows up in the "other relevant information". Surely young people make mistakes and this should not be held against them for the rest of their working life. Most employers want a clean CRB.  

Why is this idea important?

If a teacher had a caution for shoplifing or using a train without a pass when say they were 16 they have to declare it even after 50 years later if they go for a job.If it is stepped down it shows up in the "other relevant information". Surely young people make mistakes and this should not be held against them for the rest of their working life. Most employers want a clean CRB.  

Criminal gossip bureau

Soft information revealed on enhanced CRBs is totally unjustified and against human rights. If a person has not been charged or convicted it should not be there. Ian Huntley worked in a different school to his victims and knew them through his partner who worked at their school-Maxine Carr. A tragic consequence of this "soft information" is that people can easily wreck the career of a professional person by making any accusation to the police. The police have a duty to investigate and often a crucial part of this process is to arrest and interview the person. If the person is not charged or found innocent by the court this is still on the "other relevant information" part of their CRBs. It is making criminals of innocent people. Thousands of people have been sacked and have been refused employment because of this non-conviction information. The saying "innocent until proven guilty" does not now apply. On an enhanced CRB any allegation and arrest carries the same weight as a conviction.

Why is this idea important?

Soft information revealed on enhanced CRBs is totally unjustified and against human rights. If a person has not been charged or convicted it should not be there. Ian Huntley worked in a different school to his victims and knew them through his partner who worked at their school-Maxine Carr. A tragic consequence of this "soft information" is that people can easily wreck the career of a professional person by making any accusation to the police. The police have a duty to investigate and often a crucial part of this process is to arrest and interview the person. If the person is not charged or found innocent by the court this is still on the "other relevant information" part of their CRBs. It is making criminals of innocent people. Thousands of people have been sacked and have been refused employment because of this non-conviction information. The saying "innocent until proven guilty" does not now apply. On an enhanced CRB any allegation and arrest carries the same weight as a conviction.