A consultant from the employment law specialists ELAS, Peter Mooney, is anxious that care employers do not change their habits for requesting Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks ( formely CRB checks) for new employees in light of a recent court ruling. The Court of Appeal recently ruled that the criminal records checking system had infringed the human rights of some people by unfairly taking into account old, minor police warnings.
Mooney is quoted on carehome.co.uk as saying:
“It is essential that people working in the education and care sectors continue to be subject to checks. Now it is up to Parliament to decide what amendments to make in the light of the judgement, with the Home Office stating that the decision could comprise vulnerable people and that it would appeal to the Supreme Court in the coming weeks.”
” It is important to note that for now, pending any further appeal, it is business as usual for employers wishing to conduct checks.”