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Criminal Records Bureau

Volume 703: debated on Monday 30 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the cost to an organisation of a Criminal Records Bureau check; and whether an individual who has recently been checked for one employment would need a separate check to work with children as a volunteer; and [HL4063]

Why payments are required for each Criminal Records Bureau check on an individual performing different roles during the same time period within the same geographical area. [HL4064]

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) charges £31.00 for a standard disclosure and £36.00 for an enhanced disclosure. The CRB continues to process disclosure applications for volunteers free of charge.

Payment is required for each CRB check, regardless of whether an individual has had a previous disclosure. All applications are processed individually and the fee was last prescribed in 2006. This is in accordance with Part V of the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Record) Regulations 2002 which states that a disclosure shall be issued to any individual who makes an application in the prescribed format and pays the prescribed fee, which was last prescribed in 2006.

Disclosures are primarily designed to be used by an employer at the point of recruitment for a particular position. Ultimately it is for each employer, and not the CRB, to decide whether a new disclosure should be applied for, bearing in mind their legal and other responsibilities and subject to any statutory requirements.

There are a number of reasons why an employer may not wish to accept a disclosure that has been processed for a previous employment position, including:

the disclosure may not be at the right level (there are two different levels of CRB check; standard and enhanced);

the older a disclosure is the less reliant the information is, because the information it contains may not be up to date; and

information revealed through a CRB check reflects the information that was available at the time of its issue—a person may have committed a crime in the intervening period.

The disclosure process may also include a search to establish whether an individual is subject to a direction under Section 142 of the Education Act 2002, or a check against them, Protection of Children Act and Protection of Vulnerable Adults (PoCA 2and PoVA) lists.

Each disclosure is specific to the circumstances of a particular job application and any decision to disclose any non-conviction information held by individual police forces is unique to that position.