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JOB APPLICANTS WILL FACE CRIMINAL VETTING

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Home secretary Jack Straw has announced measures aimed at curbing child abuse which will mean that all job applican...
Home secretary Jack Straw has announced measures aimed at curbing child abuse which will mean that all job applicants will be expected to provide proof od a 'clean' criminal record.

The Guardian (p1) reports that employers will have the right to insist that job applicants and volunteers produce a certificate detailing any criminal past from a Criminal Records Bureau which will be set up within two years.

The home office expects 10 million certificates to be issued each year, with applicants charged between£5 and£10.

The massive extension of official vetting will involve more than a third of the workforce every year.

Home office minister Paul Boateng said the Criminal Records Bureau would be an important step towards stopping dangerous people working with young people.
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