At the moment, the organisation’s name appears on the CRB Check, meaning your certificate can only be used when working for that specific company. This means that if you already have a CRB check through your employer but wanted to do some volunteering down at the local church you would need a separate CRB check.
The Criminal Records Bureau hope to make CRB Checks portable in early 2013, but an exact date has yet to be confirmed.
The purpose of the update is to provide a fair system that provides information where appropriate, and balances the need to protect and respect individuals’ privacy.
The new service will allow the organisation, with the individual’s consent, to carry out an online check to establish if any other relevant criminal information has been identified since a CRB check was last carried out.
The opportunity to opt into the new online update service is voluntary, but there will be a charge for registering with the scheme, the decision on whether volunteers will have to pay for the new service is still under consideration.
What are the benefits of CRB Check being made portable?
Employers and those responsible for taking on volunteers will be able to carry out an instant check of an existing disclosure certificate, which will confirm if the check in front of them is up to date. If it is, there will be no need to apply for a new CRB check. And this will work the same with existing employees, there will be no need to request new CRB checks periodically, they can simply check the existing certificate.
Employees will be able to use their CRB Check more than once. Taking it from employer to employer; in the vast majority of cases they will avoid the need to apply repeatedly for new CRB checks, meaning they don’t need to keep filling out the application form and then waiting for their new certificate to arrive.
This comes as welcome news to all as obtaining CRB Checks for employees will become a much faster process.
For further information or advice about the portability of CRB Checks, call us on 01254 355688.