Employers cautions against over-reliance on checking people’s criminal records

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

In its report on Fit Person Criteria, the Better Regulation Task Force has welcomed the creation of the Criminal Records Bureau as a “one-stop shop” for vetting but raised concerns that it could encourage excessive checking with unintended consequences. The report says over-reliance on criminal record checks can cause a false sense of security in employers and also result in large numbers of people being unfairly excluded from some jobs. Task Force chairman Lord Haskins said the report emphasised the need for improvements in the effectiveness of checks to help ensure that vulnerable people and children are properly protected, but also highlighted policy confusion over when and how to use fit person checks. “No-one would suggest that employers should ignore a criminal record where the type of offence is relevant to the particular job,” Lord Haskins said. “But given that a third of all males have been convicted of a non-traffic offence by the age of 40 – and millions more have received a caution – a ‘checking c

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