It has been announced that more than 4,000 applicants were turned down last year to join the teaching profession due to issues with their CRB check. The total number of applications made was 263,000.
Following a Freedom of Information request made by the press, figures show that 1.5% of those received were turned down because of 9,500 previous offences showing up during the CRB checking process. Those turned down included paedophiles, drug dealers and rapists.
Senior teachers and members of ASCL (the Association of School and College Leaders) say that the statistics are encouraging, as they show that the CRB process is working and continues to help protect children and vulnerable adults from harm.