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INFOmatch, the recruitment consultancy operated by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals...
INFOmatch, the recruitment consultancy operated by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, has become a registered signatory authorised to countersign criminal record checks on job seekers via the Criminal Records Bureau.

'INFOmatch is keen to support job seekers and enhance their chances of finding work, and to ensure the workplace is secure for all,' says INFOmatch head Susan Baillie. 'A check by the CRB is essential for many of our posts, especially those where the worker is dealing with vulnerable adults or young people, or with records or archives associated with these groups.'

Schools and colleges, medical and health libraries, toy libraries, penal institutions and many charities may require candidates to be CRB-cleared. 'A job seeker registering with INFOmatch for such positions will be asked if they have a CRB check already,' Susan Baillie explains. 'This check may be 'portable'; it depends on the place of work, how old the check is and the level at which it has been carried out - enhanced or standard. If a candidate is willing to undergo the check, INFOmatch will support the process,' she continues.

Job seekers first have to contact the CRB direct and quote the appropriate reference numbers. Forms are sent to them direct, then INFOmatch organises the countersigning. Copies of correspondence are sent to CILIP, and the main contact is direct with the job seeker.

'We expect the job seeker to meet the cost of the enquiry phone calls to the CRB and the check,' Susan Baillie adds. 'However, if INFOmatch finds a job for them, and the check is necessary for the job, we will refund the costs.'

Candidates registered with INFOmatch as job seekers, who wish to apply to the CRB for a check, are invited to contact the agency to discuss the next stage. Employers seeking INFOmatch's help in recruiting for a post in any of the categories for which CRB clearance is required, or who are uncertain whether a check is needed, should also contact INFOmatch staff, who will be pleased to assist.


The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers, with up to 23,000 members working in all sectors, including business and industry, science and technology, further and higher education, schools, local and central government, the health service, the voluntary sector, national and public libraries. For more information about CILIP, please go to

Working exclusively within the library and information sector, INFOmatch recruitment services are dedicated to providing a fast, efficient, high quality service to clients and candidates. As part of CILIP, INFOmatch is able to offer an integrated range of services to help clients find work and recruit staff at all levels. Additional special services offered to CILIP members include: current awareness; advice on personal and professional development; professional qualifications and career guidance; and job advertising options through Library & Information Gazette and For more information on INFOmatch, please visit

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