Why criminal record checks are neededWhen you apply for certain types of job you may be asked to apply for a criminal record check. These are generally jobs that mean you:
- will be working regularly with children or vulnerable people
- will be working in an establishment that is wholly or mainly for children
- will be working in healthcare
- have applied to be a foster carer, adoptive parent or childminder
- will be working in certain other professions (details of all these professions are provided on the link below)
What is a criminal record check?The CRB check searches your details against criminal records and other sources, including the Police National Computer. The check may reveal convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings.
You, and your employer, will see the results of your search. Whatever the results your employer will decide whether they can still employ you.
What you’ll find on a criminal record checkThe CRB check will either confirm that you don’t have a criminal record, or it will list any relevant convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings and, if applicable, whether you have been barred from working with vulnerable groups. The police can also include non-conviction information, for example, fixed penalties, that may be relevant.
Who can ask for a criminal record check?If the job needs a criminal record check any employer can ask for one. However, only organisations registered with the CRB can submit applications for criminal records checks.
There are two types of registered organisation:
- a registered body - the employer
- an umbrella body - a registered body that processes criminal record checks for non-registered organisations
Will you ever need to have another criminal record check?You might have to have another CRB check if you move to another job that involves working with children or vulnerable adults.
If you have been asked to apply for a CRB check, and already have one from a previous role, you can ask if the organisation is willing to accept it.
When deciding if they will accept it, the organisation will consider:
- the length of time since the check was issued
- the level of check needed
- the role the check was issued for
- the role you are applying for
Thanks To the DirectGov website for all the above information. If you would like to know more regarding CRB checks plese read this document or talk to the councils responsible person.