CRB warned of backlog over background checks

first_imgThe under-fire Criminal Records Bureau was warned in January that it hadinsufficient resources to deal with the likely demand for background checks onstaff. Employers in the education, health and charity sectors are facing delays ofup to six months in appointing staff to work with children and vulnerableadults as the service struggles to cope with a backlog of 195,000 applications.The Association of Colleges (AoC) warned about possible delays in characterchecks at the start of this year, and asked the CRB to urgently appoint morededicated staff. The AoC also advised the service to reorganise staffing to focus on paperapplications, and to prioritise in investing in an IT solution so checks couldbe done quickly online. David Gibson, AoC chief executive, said his organisation has been inundatedby calls from more than 100 colleges, which are facing a staffing crisisbecause of the problems. One college currently has had 44 staff checks outstanding since the start ofJuly, while another has an application outstanding for six months. Gibson said: “AoC is extremely disappointed to see the education ofstudents across the country badly affected by a problem that was anticipatedand could have been avoided. The AoC has warned the CRB about the problem formany months – although the CRB has now taken on more staff, the associationbelieves this is too little too late.” Gibson said that following the tragic events in Soham, many colleges feelthe CRB is not giving their checks the same priority as schools, despite therisks being the same. Further education colleges deliver learning to childrenaged 14 to16 and also to vulnerable adults. A Home Office spokesman said a recovery plan is in place and response timesare improving. By Ben Willmott Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. CRB warned of backlog over background checksOn 10 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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