Essex County Council carried out 22,000 CRB checks in a year

Essex County Council carried out 22,000 CRB checks in a year

Essex County Council carried out 22,000 CRB checks in a year

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ESSEX County Council carried out more criminal records bureau checks than any other local authority last year, figures reveal.

Staff at County Hall made almost 22,000 checks in 2011.

It could have cost the county’s taxpayers as much as £1million.

The council ranked 13th highest out of more than 2,000 organisations carrying out checks.

Campaign group Big Brother Watch revealed three million checks were completed last year.

A spokesman for Essex County Council said the authority undertakes checks for many organisations and services, such as other public sector organisations, charities, social care providers and schools.

Private companies topped the list with Atlantic Data making 180,995 checks and CRB-checking firm TMGCRB making 122,874.

The Scout Association made 58,786 checks, ranking it fifth, while Essex County Council was listed 13th and the highest authority after making 21,908.

The Home Office criticised the amount the system is used and confirmed reforms are taking place.

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9:00am Mon 13 Feb 12

wellnow says...

better safe than sorry,after all that's what the system was set up for.i wonder what the reforms are?
better safe than sorry,after all that's what the system was set up for.i wonder what the reforms are? wellnow
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9:43am Mon 13 Feb 12

Brunning999 says...

Is there a problem with this fact then?

Big brother watch who the hell ate they other than another left wing inspired human rights for non humans group no doubt.
Is there a problem with this fact then? Big brother watch who the hell ate they other than another left wing inspired human rights for non humans group no doubt. Brunning999
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10:10am Mon 13 Feb 12

Cuthbert says...

It depends on the circumstances I suppose.

Obviously staff / volunteers working with vulnerable people will need to be checked and also you wouldn't want a fraudster in charge of a large budget for example.

However, if the purpose is to exclude everyone who's committed even a minor misdemeanour from many years back from working for the Council, then there is a danger of creating a work apartheid, which can't benefit society in the long run.
It depends on the circumstances I suppose. Obviously staff / volunteers working with vulnerable people will need to be checked and also you wouldn't want a fraudster in charge of a large budget for example. However, if the purpose is to exclude everyone who's committed even a minor misdemeanour from many years back from working for the Council, then there is a danger of creating a work apartheid, which can't benefit society in the long run. Cuthbert
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10:16am Mon 13 Feb 12

totallyfootball says...

I wonder how many were still missed and why this fact has been made common knowledge, is something about to rear its ugly head and this is just an early defense mechanism?
I wonder how many were still missed and why this fact has been made common knowledge, is something about to rear its ugly head and this is just an early defense mechanism? totallyfootball
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11:56am Mon 13 Feb 12

concernedrefuture says...

Well - this is Essex!!
Well - this is Essex!! concernedrefuture
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12:24pm Mon 13 Feb 12

Cuthbert says...

Not relevant to this item but...

Why can't I read about the fire in the thatched cottage? I can see there are loads of comments about it (as there are about other items I've previously read) Was it someone spamming?
Not relevant to this item but... Why can't I read about the fire in the thatched cottage? I can see there are loads of comments about it (as there are about other items I've previously read) Was it someone spamming? Cuthbert
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11:04pm Mon 13 Feb 12

Minceir says...

Brunning999 wrote:
Is there a problem with this fact then?

Big brother watch who the hell ate they other than another left wing inspired human rights for non humans group no doubt.
What?
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: Is there a problem with this fact then? Big brother watch who the hell ate they other than another left wing inspired human rights for non humans group no doubt.[/p][/quote]What? Minceir
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12:28am Tue 14 Feb 12

Boris says...

Minceir wrote:
Brunning999 wrote:
Is there a problem with this fact then?

Big brother watch who the hell ate they other than another left wing inspired human rights for non humans group no doubt.
What?
Ignore him, he is a known loony.
[quote][p][bold]Minceir[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: Is there a problem with this fact then? Big brother watch who the hell ate they other than another left wing inspired human rights for non humans group no doubt.[/p][/quote]What?[/p][/quote]Ignore him, he is a known loony. Boris
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9:27am Tue 14 Feb 12

Sdapeze says...

There is a huge problem with this. Apart from the huge waste of money that these bureaucrats use to feather their cosy little public sector nests, a CRB check is needed for every instance of working with young people. Just one check is all that is needed per person. I have had two CRB checks, one for working for schools as an engineering ambassador and another for working with the Sea Cadets. I would like to contribute more to young people's activities but this CRB thing costs money and prevents decent people from volunteering. I can't work with youngsters from my church because of it. The church should not be put to this cost. It is quite unnecessary. I would love to do a medieval longbow session with them but I can't. Two CRB checks is one too many in my opinion. It is wrong!
There is a huge problem with this. Apart from the huge waste of money that these bureaucrats use to feather their cosy little public sector nests, a CRB check is needed for every instance of working with young people. Just one check is all that is needed per person. I have had two CRB checks, one for working for schools as an engineering ambassador and another for working with the Sea Cadets. I would like to contribute more to young people's activities but this CRB thing costs money and prevents decent people from volunteering. I can't work with youngsters from my church because of it. The church should not be put to this cost. It is quite unnecessary. I would love to do a medieval longbow session with them but I can't. Two CRB checks is one too many in my opinion. It is wrong! Sdapeze
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2:25pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Minceir says...

Boris wrote:
Minceir wrote:
Brunning999 wrote:
Is there a problem with this fact then?

Big brother watch who the hell ate they other than another left wing inspired human rights for non humans group no doubt.
What?
Ignore him, he is a known loony.
Yes i have read some of his other posts, is he perhaps hallucination most of the time? perhaps he lives next door to a mushroom factory!

In one of his post he tries to convince people that Basildon council didn't know before they evicted people from Dale Farm at a cost of up to £30,000,000 that they were preparing a list of Green belt land they were going to build on! He seems to think this only came about in the 4 months since the eviction.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Minceir[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: Is there a problem with this fact then? Big brother watch who the hell ate they other than another left wing inspired human rights for non humans group no doubt.[/p][/quote]What?[/p][/quote]Ignore him, he is a known loony.[/p][/quote]Yes i have read some of his other posts, is he perhaps hallucination most of the time? perhaps he lives next door to a mushroom factory! In one of his post he tries to convince people that Basildon council didn't know before they evicted people from Dale Farm at a cost of up to £30,000,000 that they were preparing a list of Green belt land they were going to build on! He seems to think this only came about in the 4 months since the eviction. Minceir
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