Re: Good old VBS & IBB
At risk of going off-topic slightly, the issue is with CRB's is down (mainly) to OFSTED and other mentals.
A CRB disclosure has never been either a certificate of good conduct, or 'clearance' to work with kids and oldies.
The sole purpose of a CRB disclosure is to allow employers/volunteer organisers considering whether or not to place someone in certain activities to have full sight of certain information to allow them to make an informed employment decision. That's it. You could have a string of motoring convictions as long as your arm, and there'd be nothing to stop an employer taking you on as a school minibus driver if they especially liked the cut of your gib.
Then ofsted went 'kin mental and deemed that every man and his dog needed a CRB check in some sort of half-arsed bid to enforce some sort of gold standard, despite the DSCF guidance at the time being crystal clear that they didn't. As one civil servant pointed out to me, "If we wanted to enforce a higher standard, we'd have put in the guidance!"
As I pointed out to many a journalist, the simplest way to cut down on CRB checks was for people to simply stop doing them.
Funnily enough, no one ever printed that bit...