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CRB reality check!

1 October 2010

CRB checks have found their way into the headlines again through the rather unexpected route of the BBC’s ‘The Apprentice‘.

Reports have suggested that the television production company obtained a CRB check on a contestant that revealed an arrest for fraud. In fact, the company in question is reported to have said that obtaining CRB checks is ‘common television industry practice’. As the eligibility for CRB checks is strictly governed by law (and would not cover contestants on a television show) it is surprising that the production company claims it is common practice to obtain them.

Whether is does or not, it certainly raises yet more questions about the viability of the CRB scheme. Surely as part of the Independent Safeguarding Authority review the government also needs to consider the CRB process?

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