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CRIMINAL RECORDS BUREAU - A DISASTER THAT WAS WAITING TO HAPPEN, SAYS NAHT

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David Hart, general secretary NAHT comments on the emergency measures being taken by the Criminal Records Bureau to...
David Hart, general secretary NAHT comments on the emergency measures being taken by the Criminal Records Bureau to clear a large backlog of checks on school staff as follows:

'The Criminal Records Bureau is a disaster that was waiting to happen. The government knew all about the problems besetting the Criminal Records Bureau as long ago as the Spring.

'That is why they advised heads to make job offers on the basis of List 99 information, rather than wait for the Criminal Records Bureau to produce all the necessary answers. Clearly we welcome any measure which clears the backlog however late it may be. But heads still have no guarantee that staff they have appointed for September will receive complete clearance, and we are only two weeks away from the beginning of the autumn term.

The incompetence displayed by the Criminal Records Bureau is not the fault of the Department for Education and Skills, it is the fault of the Home Office and of Capita, the contractors who were supposed to bring a first class and efficient service into operation five months ago. In this they have manifestly failed.

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