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1 in 40 People Had Backgrounds Checked Last Year

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1:37pm 10th February 2012
(Updated 1:37pm 10th February 2012)

Campaigners say too many people in Cornwall are having their backgrounds checked.

More than thirteen thousand criminal record inquiries happened in the Duchy last year. That is around one in forty people in the Duchy.

The council and Treliske topped the list, each making thousands of requests for information from the Criminal Records Bureau.

The system is supposed to stop anyone dangerous working with someone vulnerable like children.

Nick Pickles from Big Brother Watch, which conducted the research, said, "We've had situations where people can't get a CRB because of something that's happened in their past which means that they pose no risk at all to children but means that they can't get a job. That isn't protecting children but it is damaging people's lives."

The organisation is concerned that registered bodies do not need to get a signature before running the checks.

A statement from Cornwall Council says:

"Cornwall Council has a statutory responsibility to safeguard children young people and vulnerable adults as set out in a range of legislation, including the Children Acts 1989, 2002, 2004, the Education Act 2002 and the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006"

"This legislation currently requires the authority to carry out Enhanced CRB checks on individuals who have contact with children and vulnerable adults.   This includes anyone who has frequent or intensive contact ( 4 days a month or overnight) either of a specified nature (such as teaching, training, advice, guidance, care, transport) or at a specified setting (including a school, residential home, children’s centre etc). This legislation is due to change when the Freedoms Bill becomes law and the Council will then review its arrangements in line with any changes required"

1:37pm 10th February 2012

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