Criminal Records Bureau Checks

Education and Skills written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Howard Stoate Howard Stoate Labour, Dartford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether schools are to be required by her Department to undertake Criminal Records Bureau checks on all newly appointed (a) school governors and (b) other non-salaried individuals involved in schools.

Photo of Ruth Kelly Ruth Kelly Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills

My Department's guidance 'Child Protection: Preventing Unsuitable People from Working with Children in the Education Service' (issued May 2002) sets out arrangements for both salaried and non-salaried staff and volunteers in schools. As I have already announced, Criminal Records Bureau checks will become compulsory for all newly appointed members of the schools work force.

The proposed vetting and barring scheme will extend further the requirement for mandatory checks. It will become an offence if a check is not made of a governor's, or other regular volunteer's, barred status before they are appointed.

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