Sector reacts with fury to massive hike in charges for CRB checks

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

|NCSC warns that staff must be properly screened| In the wake of a massive increase of 142 per cent in fees payable for checks on staff carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) has said care providers should make sure staff have the correct level of criminal records check. As of July 1, fees for carrying out a check will be £24 for a “standard disclosure”, and £29 for an “enhanced disclosure” which previously cost just £12. The Independent Healthcare Association (IHA) estimates the increase will cost the sector about £13 million. Roger Morgan, NCSC Director responsible for criminal records matters, said the NCSC’s main concern was the protection of children and vulnerable adults – and the legal requirement for a CRB check for staff was part of this protection. “Any person who intends to manage or work in care home must have a criminal records check,” Mr Morgan said. “This increase in costs does not remove the necessity to get the correct check done.”

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