Home Office considers plan to fingerprint care staff

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

A proposal to routinely fingerprint care staff is being considered by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). A Home Office consultation paper on the topic has been published, with the deadline for responses being January 16. An Independent Review Team (IRT), appointed by the Home Secretary in September 2002 to examine the CRB, has produced the consultation paper which recommends “that consideration be given to requiring applicants for Disclosures, where the work or employment involved is of particular sensitivity, to submit their fingerprints with their application”. The IRT has said the use of fingerprinting should not be widespread, but might apply to “positions involving sole, unsupervised responsibility for children or vulnerable adults in a non-institutional setting”. The reason given for recommending the fingerprinting of care staff is that it would enable linkages to be made more quickly and more rigorously between police records (which are mostly linked to fingerprints) and the individuals submitting the

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