Recruiters warn of potential for CRB backlog

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has welcomed Ruth Kelly’s announcement that all new school staff and supply teachers used by agencies will face compulsory Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks.

The education secretary last week told MPs that she “deeply regretted” the concern caused to parents by the recent stories of sex offenders working in schools. She said she was “determined to lessen their concerns” and overhaul the system by introducing CRB checks and a single banning list for people working with children.

The REC said the plans would simplify the system. However, it raised concerns over funding and delays.

John Dunn, chairman of the REC’s education sector group, said: “I call on the Department for Education and Skills to consult with us about implementing the new scheme. It is vital that any new system of checks is well resourced and does not result in backlogs.”

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