Skip to main content

Schools: Vetting

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects all Criminal Records Bureau checks on existing (a) head teachers, (b) teachers and (c) non-teaching school staff to have been completed. (249570)

Schools are not required to obtain CRB enhanced disclosures on staff who have been in post since before the CRB was established in 2002, although schools are required to check that such staff are not barred from working with children. When the new Vetting and Barring Scheme is introduced, such staff will be required to register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority and to obtain a CRB enhanced disclosure. The new scheme will be phased in over a period of up to five years, but staff—including school staff—who have never had a CRB disclosure will have high priority in the phasing-in process. Although we cannot say precisely when this will be complete, staff without CRB disclosures will be taken early in the phasing process. The arrangements apply equally to head teachers, teachers and other staff.