MORI survey shows success of checks on criminal records

The Criminal Records Bureau is successfully stopping unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults, according to new figures released by the Home Office.

In a survey carried out by MORI on behalf of the CRB, a fifth of those organisations contacted said that the content of disclosure had prevented unsuitable people being employed by their organisation.

"In the long term we may find that the disclosure process starts to discourage unsuitable people from applying for jobs with children," said Mark Favager, head of communications at the CRB.

The Scout Association has found CRB checks useful in flagging up candidates that may be unsuitable.

"In general terms about 2 per cent of our returns from CRB call for further action on our part," says John Fogg, director of communications at the Scouts. "However, this does not always mean that someone cannot then be appointed."

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