New system to speed up CRB checks

E-Bulk will process applications in 23 days

An electronic system for processing Criminal Records Bureau checks, called E-Bulk, will deal with applications 18 per cent faster than the current system, it has been claimed.

E-Bulk, launched on Friday, is available to organisations that make more than 3,000 applications a year for CRB checks on their staff and volunteers.

The system allows organisations to submit applicants' details electronically. The Criminal Records Bureau said it would process applications in 23 days, rather than the current average of 28.

E-Bulk will send out an electronic reply if an applicant's certificate is clean. Paper disclosures will still be sent out if the checks reveal details of previous convictions.

The Scout Association, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, Churches Child Protection Advisory Service and learning disability charity the Association for Real Change are among the charities that have already signed up to the new system.

Adele Townsend, director of the CRB, said: "This will reduce charities' administrative costs and will mean that volunteers and paid staff can start work more quickly."

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