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Teachers: Vetting

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons a teacher may not be required to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau check; and if he will make a statement. (275452)

Under the School Staffing (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 as amended, it is mandatory for CRB Enhanced Disclosures to be obtained on all newly appointed school staff. ‘Newly appointed’ is defined as meaning anyone who within the three months before his or her appointment has not worked in:

a school in England in a post which brought him or her into regular contact with children or any post they were appointed to since 12 May 2006; or

an FE college in England in a position which involved the provision of education and regularly caring for, training, supervising, or being in sole charge of children or young people under the age of 18.