Charity to help smaller brethren with criminal checks
A new service to help small voluntary organisations in Northern Ireland reduce the cost of carrying out criminal record checks will be launched next month.
Arc NI, a charity that supports learning disability service providers, will help smaller charities to avoid the registration costs by submitting applications for checks on their behalf. It will charge charities a £12.50 administration fee on top of the cost of the check.
Siobhan Bogues, national manager at Arc NI, said the service would also offer guidance to voluntary groups on how to react to a disclosure that highlighted a criminal record because it might not automatically disqualify the potential employee from taking the job.
“We will forward the checks to AccessNI and we will also advise voluntary organisations on how to respond,” she said.
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