Criminal Records Bureau

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

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Photo of Annette Brooke Annette Brooke Shadow Spokesperson (Children, Schools and Families), Shadow Minister (Education), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice she has given to employers in regulated child care settings on criminal records bureau checks for their employees.

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

In October 2005 changes to the law and relevant national standards clarified that regulated child care employers are legally responsible for determining the suitability of their staff to care for and be in contact with children. Employment checks to determine the suitability of such persons must include a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure. In September 2005 Ofsted issued all day care providers with copies of an addendum containing the revisions to the national standards documentation; a letter from the Department indicating how they could access subsidised Criminal Records Bureau checks for new employees, and additional guidance which included advice on the importance of such checks. Ofsted will shortly be writing out to day care providers again with further advice on their obligations in this area.

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