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What is a CRB Check?

A CRB is a Criminal Records Bureau check, which is carried out by an employer to see if a job applicant has a criminal record/history. This check enables organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work. A person is usually asked to carry out a CRB check when applying for jobs which involve working with vulnerable people such as young children and the elderly, but it can be other posts which include a high level of responsibility and accountability. 

The CRB check scans the job applicant’s details against sources such as criminal records and the Police National Computer and looks to uncover any convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings. The results of the check are shown to both the job applicant and the employer and it is up to the employer to decide whether the job offer is still available to the applicant.

The CRB check is only valid for this job only, meaning that another CRB check will be needed if the job applicant goes on to a different job in the future or part time work/similar volunteer work on the side.


Why would you need to apply for a CRB Check?

A CRB check is carried out mostly when people apply for jobs which involve working regularly with children or vulnerable people, working in healthcare and applying to be a foster carer, adoptive parent or childminder. The reason why a job applicant would need to apply for a CRB check is to provide the employer with the details of any criminal records they have. This is carried out to enable organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work.You can refuse to have a criminal record check carried outbut for some jobs a CRB check is required by law, or is a necessary requirement for the job role.


How long is a CRB check valid for?
There is no official expiry date for a CRB check. Any information revealed on a certificate will be held by police at the time the check was issued. You should check the date of issue on the certificate to decide whether to request a new one. In certain employment sectors a CRB check may be required periodically.


How long does the process take?
The CRB aims to process:
•    95 per cent of Standard checks in two weeks (CRB is an Umbrella Body and will also require 5 working days in addition to this time)
•    90 per cent of Enhanced checks in four weeks (CRB is an Umbrella Body and will also require 5 working days in addition to this time)


What to consider before you ask the applicant for a CRB check
The key points to consider when submitting Criminal Records Bureau checks for potential employees are:
•    consider if the applicant has the right to work in the UK
•    let applicants know why a CRB check is required, what checks will be made and how they will be carried out
•    advise the applicant of where they can obtain independent advice on the CRB application process
•    give the applicant a chance to explain if a check will reveal information about them - see the page in this guide on employing someone with a criminal record
•    think carefully about the best point in the recruitment process to carry out a CRB check
•    only check the successful job applicant




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