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Vetting: Apprentices

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many Criminal Record Bureau checks have been processed in respect of employers taking on young apprentices in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement; (256909)

(2) if she will estimate the cost to the public purse of processing the Criminal Record Bureau checks required as a result of the planned expansion of youth apprenticeships; and if she will make a statement.

The Criminal Records Bureau does not hold this information. The Disclosure Service is only available for those positions and types of work included in the Exceptions Order (1975) to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The standard and enhanced disclosure process includes checks against the Police National Computer (PNC) and, if applicable, a search against Section 142 of the Education Act 2002, the Protection of Children Act 1999 and Protection of Vulnerable Adults (PoCA and PoVA) lists. Enhanced disclosures also contain a further check conducted by police forces for any relevant non-conviction information.

All individuals who have received a successful offer of employment for a role which brings them into contact with children or vulnerable adults are subject to these checks.