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Criminal Records Bureau

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to ensure that Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks are requested of all people working with children or vulnerable adults, including those already employed when CRB checks were introduced. (107617)

[holding answer 4 December 2006]: Arrangements introduced by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 will ensure that all persons working with children or vulnerable adults in either a paid or voluntary capacity will be required to apply to a new Vetting and Barring Scheme. This will be introduced in 2008 and will be phased in, covering new employees first, and those moving posts.

Meanwhile it is intended to align the categories covered by the Act with those entitled to enhanced disclosures from the Criminal Records Bureau. Whether CRB checks are compulsory depends on the specific employment sector: for example, all new teachers have been subject to checks since 2002 and all new staff working in schools are now checked.