CRB – Checks and Balances

Assessing the implications of CRB checks on school staff The number of adults working with children in schools and other institutions who must undergo a check by the Criminal Records Bureau on their suitability to do this work now runs into several millions. This programme goes inside the CRB to investigate its workings. Given the scale of its operation, it is inevitable that mistakes will occasionally be made. A person who was wrongly rejected (twice) by the CRB, in a case of mistaken identity, tells her story. The programme asks the central question: are CRB checks an essential guarantor of our children’s safety, or an unjust invasion of people’s civil liberties? We hear spokespeople on both sides of the argument.

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