Feeds

CRB check failures rocket ahead of massive expansion

One disastrous, mysterious month

Boost IT visibility and business value

The Home Office's Criminal Records Bureau wrongly denounced or cleared more than 1,500 people in the last year, almost three times as many as the previous 12 months.

The embarrassing figures have emerged ahead of a massive increase in the number of people who will be subject to background checks when the new Vetting and Barring Scheme comes into force in October.

In the 12 months to March 31 this year the CRB made 1,570 errors. The errors included stigmatising innocent people, wrongly listing more serious offences, and mistakenly clearing criminals to work in sensitive jobs.

The figure compares to 680 errors during the previous year.

The Home Office said: "For the first 11 months of 2008-09 the CRB's accuracy rate exceeded the previous years.

"However, a dip in the quality in the final month brought down the overall figure. Disclosure quality and accuracy is heavily reliant on the information supplied by the individual and is subject to fluctuations."

A Home Office spokeswoman said there was no particular reason why there were about 1,000 errors in March. "There are fluctuations," she said.

The department is preparing for the launch of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), the centrepiece of the government's response to the Soham murders inquiry, and the agency responsible for the Vetting and Barring Scheme.

The CRB will act as one of the ISA's main sources of data to vet 11 million adults in a much broader range of jobs and volunteer roles that are currently scrutinsed.

The CRB last year ran 3.9 million checks, up 500,000 on the previous year. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!
Give a penguinista a hug, the Outlook's not good for open source's poster child
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report
Man at hardware store was right: name brands DO last longer
Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar
Plus: Syria's internet going down? That was a US cock-up
UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco
'Reset rating keeps secrets on one-dole-to-rule-them-all plan', say MPs
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
EU justice chief blasts Google on 'right to be forgotten'
Don't pretend it's a freedom of speech issue – interim commish
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.