Bureau to overhaul registration process

The Criminal Records Bureau is to cut the number of registered
bodies that can apply for disclosures, following the government’s
decision to check all adults working with children.

A threshold for the number of applications a body submits will
be introduced, with those submitting low numbers ceasing to be
registered. All disclosures outside of registered bodies would then
have to go through umbrella bodies.

All adults working with children, including nannies and carers
employed under direct payment schemes, will be vetted in future, as
recommended by the Bichard Inquiry.

The CRB believes cutting registration bureaucracy and improving
use of technology will allow it to control costs. “We have the
capacity to deal with it,” a CRB spokesperson said.

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