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14. Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Checks

14. Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Checks

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Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks fact sheet. A CRB check tells you about someone’s criminal history. If you want to employ your own staff, it is sensible to know if someone has a criminal history. If you are employing someone to support a child or vulnerable adult, you may have to get a CRB check. Your local council can tell you about CRB checks. This fact sheet tells you basic information about CRB checks.
Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks fact sheet. A CRB check tells you about someone’s criminal history. If you want to employ your own staff, it is sensible to know if someone has a criminal history. If you are employing someone to support a child or vulnerable adult, you may have to get a CRB check. Your local council can tell you about CRB checks. This fact sheet tells you basic information about CRB checks.

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This fact sheet wasproduced by In Controland Mencap as part of In control and me, a lottery funded project.www.in-control.org.uk/incontrolandme
Criminal Records Bureau(CRB) checks
A CRB check tells you about someonescriminal history. If you want to employ your own staff, it is sensible to know if someone has a criminal history. If you areemploying someone to support a child orvulnerable adult, you may have to get aCRB check.Your local council can tell you about CRBchecks. This fact sheet tells you basicinformation about CRB checks.
 
fact sheet
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To get more help
 contact In Control.Tel:
01564 821 650
Email In Control
help@in-control.org.uk
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Find more fact sheets at:www.in-control.org.uk/factsheets
This fact sheet wasproduced by In Controland Mencap as part of In control and me, a lottery funded project.www.in-control.org.uk/incontrolandme
The basic facts
You have to get a CRB check to help protect children andvulnerable adults who are recruiting people for positions of trust.Recruiting and employing your own staff can be a great wayof getting support that works for you. However, employingpeople is a serious responsibility. A CRB check is one of thethings you can do to make sure you get the right staff.You usually get a CRB check when you’ve found someone you want to employ – so long as their references and checksare good. Your local council can do the check for you or it willrecommend an umbrella organisation to do the check.
Useful but still limited
A CRB check is very useful but it is limited. It only showssomeone’s criminal history. It can’t tell you if someone is doingsomething illegal now or if they will in the future. It only tells you if someone has offended – if they’ve been caught doingsomething illegal. So it isn’t a
100
% fail safe system.So it is wise to follow up other references, including characterreferences. You can also ask other people who know theperson you’re thinking of employing. You could even use socialnetwork websites like Facebook to check people out.
What if the CRB check shows a conviction?
If the CRB check tells you that the person has offended, it canstill be difcult to decide what to do. The question is doesthe person pose a risk to the one who needs support? If, say,someone was caught stealing a bar of chocolate some yearsago, does it mean they are a threat to someone who needssupport?You have to deal with the problem in the right way and youshouldn’t ignore it.You may need help to make the right decision. The councilor umbrella body should offer you support and advice aboutwhat to do.
 
fact sheet
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To get more help
 contact In Control.Tel:
01564 821 650
Email In Control
help@in-control.org.uk
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Find more fact sheets at:www.in-control.org.uk/factsheets
This fact sheet wasproduced by In Controland Mencap as part of In control and me, a lottery funded project.www.in-control.org.uk/incontrolandme
More information – theCriminal Records Bureau
The CRB is run by Civil Servants. It’s part of the Home Ofce.It was set up to help organisations in the public, private andvoluntary sectors to identify job candidates who may posea risk to children or vulnerable adults. It was set up in
2002
 under the Police Act.There are two kinds of check: Enhanced and Standard Checks.Both checks have to be paid for. But there is no charge tovolunteers. The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) acts as a‘one-stop-shop’ for organisations, checking police recordsand, in some cases, information held by the IndependentSafeguarding Authority (ISA).The CRB also works with the Department of Health andthe Department for Children, Schools and Families. Thesedepartments also keep information on people they considerunsuitable or barred from working with children andvulnerable adults.

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