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Teachers (Vetting)

Volume 118: debated on Monday 29 June 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what guidelines he has issued to local authorities about the use, before they consider any applicant for a teaching post, of police vetting and of the disclosure in writing of any criminal convictions, bind-over orders or cautions.

In July 1986, a circular was issued jointly by the Home Office, the Department of Health and Social Security, the Welsh Office and the Department of Education and Science on "Protection of Children: Disclosure of Criminal Background of those with access to Children". It gave guidance to local authorities on new procedures for checking with local police forces the possible criminal background of those who apply or move to work with children. The circular was only issued after wide consultation with bodies representing local authorities, unions, parents, voluntary organisations and educational institutions. A copy was placed in the Library of the House.