Friday, August 8, 2008
People applying for jobs as gardeners, bricklayers or drivers have been subjected to checks to see if they have criminal records, a report said today.
Managers looking for workers in everyday jobs have been unlawfully using the Criminal Records Bureau to find out the background of applicants.
The allegation made by a prison reform pressure group follows the disclosure last month that 700 applicants for jobs in teaching, nursing, childcare or volunteer work have been wrongly labelled as offenders by the Bureau, which was set up to vet people working with children.
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The false information provided by the CRB and the increasing bureaucratic burden of making checks with it – last month a mother was banned from travelling to school with her epileptic son because she had not been approved by the CRB – have thrown the Bureau and the system it manages under deepening scrutiny.
Checks should be made by firms or organisations to identify people who are not suitable to work with children or vulnerable adults.
But BBC Radio 4′s Face the Facts said that requests by employers have been made to the CRB for jobs such as train driver or bricklayer.
That means, it said, that employers are learning about spent convictions that should not be disclosed.
This article was posted: Friday, August 8, 2008 at 9:41 am