Another week, another law being passed - this time, one which will require CRB checks for millions of people working with 'Vulnerable groups'. Maybe it is neccesary, but some of the examples given in this article seem a bit silly source
. In particular, these gems
Childminders will be required to register - but new guidelines suggest that this requirement will also now extend to other adults in their household.
Another large tranche of individuals likely to be drawn into registration is anyone who might be viewed as being in a position of authority. Evidence is already out there that some public bodies are beginning to equate "having authority" to working for an Authority, which raises the numbers considerably.
and also, worryingly
Individuals who work on web sites either as moderators or controllers of the content of that site will need need to be ISA-registered where they have contact with users of the service. A recent job ad from Haringey Council required a web designer for their Young Person's internet Information site to be CRB checked.
It also seems very contentious - the list will be maintained using details that an enhanced CRB check provides, which will include unproved allegations.
Am I wrong in thinking this is a bad thing? Do 14.3 million people really need to be CRB checked?