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Specialised Diplomas: Business

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the procedures are for ensuring compliance with child protection requirements within businesses applying to participate in joint ventures offering diploma courses. (230058)

Some staff of businesses which deliver parts of diploma courses, including work experience placements, may be required by schools or colleges attended by the learners concerned, or by education business brokers on their behalf, to have Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks.

CRB checks happen in certain circumstances where it is judged by those responsible for organising the learning or placement that a young person might be at risk of experiencing inappropriate behaviours, for example where they are vulnerable, or are working with someone on a one-to-one basis or over an extended period of time. Guidance for schools, colleges and businesses can be found in ‘Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education’.