The Recruitment and Employment Confederation has stated their case for a fresh approach to criminal vetting. The REC are responding to concerns raised by their members which shows the current system is neither efficient nor workable when you consider the flexible nature of the work of freelance and contract staff. This calls for a criminal vetting system which is as portable as the individuals’ working practices.

Members of the professional body REC have pointed to the often costly checks which recruitment agencies must conduct for each job that individual is offered which means the process is repeated time and time again, often within a very short time-scale.

REC’s Anne Fairweather used locum doctors, supply teachers and agency nurses as an example. Individuals working in these fields will often register with several agencies in order to increase their chances of being offered work. However, they will be subject tot he same criminal disclosure checks at each agency.

It is also true that the current system can often prevent people from being able to start work as quickly as the client would require. The benefit of such a flexible workforce should be the ability to respond quickly but these CRB disclosure, while necessary, are often time consuming and hold up the process.

Ms Fairweather believes that recruiting safely means that the CRB checks sit alongside a more robust system of interviews, identity checks and verifying qualifications. While the coalition government had announced a remodelled service for vetting and barring through registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority. Due to go live next week, this service has now been suspended.

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