||1st February 2013 |
This ruling may limit the disclosure of historic information, but what about its retention?
article from independent.co.uk
||26th January 2013 |
The overzealous criminal record vetting system has allowed old, minor and unreliable information to wreck the lives of too many hardworking people in the UK.
article from bbc.co.uk
Home Office to expunge consensual gay sex from criminal records currently used to unjustifiably ban gays from working with children
See article from
The Home Office will, from 1 October, begin the process of correcting an anomaly in the criminal records system which has for decades seen gay men unfairly stigmatised.
Anyone with a historic conviction, caution, warning or reprimand for
consensual gay sex, that meets the conditions laid down in the new Protection of Freedoms Act, will be encouraged to come forward and apply to have these records deleted or disregarded.
Until now, people wishing to volunteer or work in roles that
require criminal records checks have been discouraged from doing so, for fear of having to disclose offences which have long since been decriminalised.
These changes mean that, after a successful application, this information no longer needs to be
disclosed on a criminal records certificate and those individuals who may have been inhibited from volunteering or seeking new work will now find that inhibition removed.
The change was made under the Protection of Freedoms Act, which received
royal assent on 1 May 2012. The Home Office is working closely with the Courts and Tribunals Service, and the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Ministry of Defence to run the application process. A dedicated team of caseworkers will consider
each case and make recommendations to the Home Secretary who will have the final decision.
Successful applicants will have their records updated so the offence will no longer appear on a criminal records certificate or be referred to in any future
Update: Now in force
2nd October 2012. See article from
From 1st October anyone with a historic conviction for certain decriminalised consensual sex offences can apply to have these records deleted.
Until now, people wishing to work in roles that require background checks have been discouraged from doing so for fear of having to disclose offences which have long since been decriminalised.
The change was made in the Protection of Freedoms Act, which received royal assent on 1 May 2012.
You can apply on the Home Website by filling out the following online form.
The Home Office will
then work with the Courts, Tribunals Service and Association of Chief Police Officers. A dedicated team of caseworkers will consider each case and make recommendations to the Home Secretary who will have the final decision.
will have their records updated so the offence will no longer appear on a criminal records certificate or be referred to in any future court proceedings.
|18th February |
CRB Vetting is Completely Out of
See article from dailymail.co.uk
|6th February |
Government to scale down the vetting scheme for people who work with children
See article from bbc.co.uk
See also article from theregister.co.uk
A scheme for vetting people who work with children is to be scaled down.
The Daily Telegraph reports that following a review of the Vetting and Barring scheme, criminal record checks will only be carried out on those who have intensive contact
with the young.
As a result, ministers agreed to vet adults only if they saw the same group of children or vulnerable people once a week or more, rather than once a month as originally proposed.
It is estimated that this will halve the
number of people who will be vetted from the 9 to 11 million people previously caught up by the scheme.
At the same time, the government will announce that criminal record checks are to be sent to individuals first - before they go to potential
employers - to allow them to challenge any mistakes.
Also minor offences will be removed from the checking process.
A Home Office spokesperson said an official announcement would be made shortly.
|12th December |
Growing numbers of volunteers are refusing to put up with humiliating and unnecessary vetting checks
See article from
|27th June |
A Manifesto Club report about child protection vetting
Based on article from telegraph.co.uk
As many as 4million volunteers have been forced to undergo Criminal Records Bureau checks over the past decade, according to a new report, but many are giving up on their roles because of the red tape involved and the feeling that they are under
People who devoted their spare time to helping out in their communities say they found the vetting process thorough insulting while the bureaucracy it entails creates a burden and a bore .
Even people who sell
tickets to a botanic garden or offer to write a local newsletter have been told that they must have their backgrounds checked in case they pose a risk to children.
Some children are being prevented from joining Cub packs and Scout troops until
their parents have been vetted, while schools are forcing visitors to wear badges displaying their CRB numbers and making teachers accompany them to the lavatory.
The flower guild at Gloucester Cathedral, who make arrangements before services,
were told they had to be vetted to prevent paedophiles infiltrating their group, and in case they used the same lavatories as choirboys. Five members have already resigned while a further 20 are threatening to do so.
Since 2002 the CRB, an agency
of the Home Office, has carried out 20m detailed background checks on those who work regularly with children or vulnerable adults. Its Enhanced Checks look for convictions or cautions as well as unproven allegations held on file by police.
Although volunteers themselves do not pay to be vetted, their organisations must pay a £20 administration fee while the rest of the cost is borne by CRB checks paid for by companies and public sector bodies.
The new report, Volunteering Made Difficult , discloses that 3.87m volunteers have been vetted over the past eight years – a fifth of the total. A further 2m are likely to have to sign up when the Government's new vetting and barring
scheme, now on hold pending a review, comes into force.
Josie Appleton of The Manifesto Club, the civil liberties group that compiled the new report, said: The regulation pressed on volunteers is completely out of proportion with the everyday
nature of their activities - after all, they are just listening to children read or doing the crosswords with elderly people.
|18th June |
Hysterical jobsworths assumed my 80-year-old assistant was a danger to children
article from dailymail.co.uk
|16th June |
Government vetting procedure weeds out bad database
Based on article from telegraph.co.uk
Plans for a database of adults who want to work with children have been halted following a wave of criticism.
Ministers feared the Vetting and Barring scheme, designed to protect children from paedophiles and which was due to be introduced in
England and Wales next month, would drive a wedge between adults and children.
Nine million people who wanted to work with children or vulnerable adults would have had to register on the database, or face a £5,000 fine.
plan was heavily criticised by nurses, teachers and actors such as Sir Ian McKellen, who said the measures were excessive.
It would also have affected parents who signed up for school driving rotas for weekly sports events or clubs.
night, 66,000 employers, charities and voluntary groups were being informed of the sudden change of plan.
Home Secretary Theresa May will say that the scheme is being halted to allow the Government to remodel the scheme back to proportionate,
common sense levels . The safety of children and vulnerable adults is of paramount importance to the new Government. However, it is also vital that we take a measured approach in these matters. We've listened to the criticisms and will respond
with a scheme that has been fundamentally remodelled. Vulnerable groups must be properly protected in a way that is proportionate and sensible.''
Tim Loughton, the children's minister, will say he was worried that the scheme would
have driven a wedge between children and well-meaning adults, including people coming forward to volunteer with young people : Such individuals should be welcomed, encouraged, and helped as much as possible, unless it can be shown that children
would not be safe in their care.
Civil liberties campaigners welcomed the news. Dylan Sharpe, the Campaign Director for Big Brother Watch, said: While the new Government's tackling of vetting and barring is welcome, this cannot be just a
|5th August |
CRB who vet people working with children got it wrong in 1570 cases
a bit of advance propaganda paving the way for compulsory ID cards
Based on article from telegraph.co.uk
More than 1,500 people have been wrongly branded as criminals or mistakenly given a clean record by the government agency set up to vet those working with children.
The number of errors by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) has more than doubled
in the past 12 months, despite intense pressure for it to improve its performance.
Many of the victims of mistakes would have been intending to take up jobs as teachers, nurses and childminders, or become youth volunteers.
innocent people have been accused of wrongdoing by the CRB. They are likely to have faced career problems or stigma from their communities as a result. They will also have had to go through an appeals process to clear their names.
figures are an embarrassment for the Home Office, which faced criticism after the number of errors by the bureau was first highlighted by The Daily Telegraph last year.
The latest figures show that 1,570 people being checked by the CRB were
wrongly given criminal records, mistakenly given a clean record or accused of more serious offences than they had actually committed in the year to March 31.
This compares with 680 people in the previous 12 months. The disclosure is likely to
deter innocent people from applying for positions that require scrutiny, for fear of being labelled a criminal.
A copy of the CRB's annual report, which will be formally published next month, shows that 3.9 million certificates were processed by
the agency: an increase of 500,000 on 2007-08 and the highest figure since the agency's creation.