New CRB check advice published

A minority of charities that run unnecessary blanket Criminal Records Bureau checks on all their volunteers could be compelled to refund the costs, the Office of the Third Sector has warned.

The Government advice is published in CRB Check Guidance for Volunteers, a document written in response to the Commission on the Future of Volunteering's discovery of widespread confusion over when checks should be carried out.

The guidance says that, in the absence of any legal requirement, volunteers should be CRB-checked only if there is "a strong and demonstrable reason for doing so, and not 'just in case'". It adds that organisations taking a blanket approach could alienate volunteers and risked being caught in one of the CRB's random audits of volunteer checks, which it normally processes free of charge.

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