Probation service investigation into CRB slip-up

first_img Previous Article Next Article Probation service investigation into CRB slip-upOn 3 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. TheHR director at the London Probation Service has been put on special leave afterit was revealed more than 200 new recruits had not undergone criminal recordchecks.Theemployees, who are mostly trainee probation officers, should have been vettedby the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) before being allowed to work withcriminals.Afull investigation into the incident has been launched.Aprobation service spokeswoman said the HR director at the service, RichardMycroft, was “on special leave to free him up for the investigation”.Checkson the unvetted recruits are being fast-tracked, and should be finished by theend of this month, she said.JohnPowls, chief officer of the London Probation Area, said: “We are dealingwith the matter as an urgent and very serious issue. Procedures have alreadybeen put in place to manage possible risks. “Wehave commissioned an external investigation and review by the NationalProbation Directorate (NPD) to establish why this has happened and to confirmthat our current procedures meet the NPD standards.”Theincident is another in a list of slip-ups involving the CRB.Lastmonth, the company that runs the bureau, Capita, was fined £2m for its failings.Thefine came after the company failed to meet the required three-week turnaroundtime for processing checks on teachers and others working with children andvulnerable adults.Thedelays have seen the NHS abandon tens of thousands of checks, if managers areconfident staff have come from an agency or previous employer where theybelieve checks were in place.www.crb.gov.uklast_img

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