Consultation on CRB checks welcomed

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The English Community Care Association (ECCA) has welcomed the Department of Health consultation on Criminal Record Bureau checks on care home staff. ECCA director of community care Ann Mackay said her association was pleased that the Government had responded positively to the reasoned arguments from the care home sector in favour of allowing staff to start work prior to a Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check having been completed. “Care homes have a duty to ensure the correct numbers of staff are on duty at all times,” Ms Mackay said. “In the difficult recruitment market it is vitally important to ensure staff once appointed and having undergone robust pre-employment checks, should be allowed to commence work as soon as possible.” ECCA says it recognises that good recruitment and retention of staff is one the key elements of providing high quality care for residents in care homes, and welcomes any measures that help to remove barriers to recruitment. “Stakeholders must also work on the broader agenda of ensuri

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