I found a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) full disclosure form in my pigeon-hole today. According to the covering memo, since April 2008 schools have been required to do CRB checks on their staff every three years.
I have no problems with CRB checks being done on new staff, including staff who have come from other schools but I entirely fail to see the need to go through the full checking procedure every three years. First off, the past they had prior to appointment has not changed. If they had received any relevent convictions (sexual offenses, other violence, other serious crimes), or even been charged with such offences, since appointment, surely the employer would be informed
Much of the checking procedure is taken up with proving ones identity. I can see the need for this whenever you start a new job because the school needs to be sure you are who you say you are and not concealing convictions with a false identity but I do not see the need for me to prove my identity again. Do Camden (for it is they) have any doubts that I am the person they appointed six years ago? Do they perhaps think I have been replaced by my evil twin brother? Or a Lizard in a human skin-suit
.Amongst the information they request to “speed up the process” are my bank details – including sort code and account number. Given the care with which Government Departments and their private sector contractors take with personal information, do I really want the CRB to have this sort of information? I don’t think so.