NCSC pledges discretion over staff Criminal Record Bureau checks

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

The National Care Standards Commission (NCSC), has withdrawn its interim guidance for staff in adult care homes, but says inspectors will apply genuine discretion on a case-by-case basis when deciding how to deal with care homes that have not yet secured Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks for staff. Since April 1, 2002, it has been a legal requirement for all staff working in care homes to have had a CRB check at the appropriate level before starting work. CRB checks were introduced by the Government to provide a greater level of protection for vulnerable adults and children living in care homes. However, delays at the CRB resulted in some staff having to wait weeks or even months for their check to be completed, with a knock-on effect for recruitment and staffing levels in care homes. In June 2002, the NCSC produced interim guidance advising care homes that the regulatory requirements would not be enforced as long as thorough recruitment methods were used to employ new staff. Now that the Home Office is ad

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