Desiree Schalkwyk asked Adrian Christy why ES would not accept
other bodies CRB certificates.
This question was raised at the AGM.
Your point is one that is made frequently and
one which I have much sympathy with.
There are many coaches and
volunteers working in squash who have a CRB Disclosure that has been issued by
another sport, voluntary organisation or by their employer and England Squash
has given very careful consideration to the 'portability' of these as well as
seeking advice from key organisations with regard the potential risks the
sharing of information poses.
While appreciating that some
coaches/volunteers may experience additional cost (The £35 you make
reference to is only payable if they earn a living from the sport. If they are
a volunteer, our fee is £7.50) and inconvenience in applying for further
disclosures, England Squash will not accept any checks that have been carried
out other than those by our own ES CRB Unit.
The reason being that if
the ES CRB Unit has not completed the checking process itself, we cannot be
certain of the outcomes of the checks or any decision made about them. There
may have been errors in the identity checking or additional information that
has not been dealt with properly. As the governing body we have a unique
responsibility and are not in a position to take risks in this vital area of
To help illustrate this, the following outlines how the CRB
system works and why we do not allow portability:
employer or another sport, a volunteer applies for a CRB check.
CRB sends the disclosure certificate back to the individual with a copy to the
employer or other sport.
If an enhanced disclosure is requested, the
employer or other sport may also receive` an additional report that might
contain intelligence information i.e. investigations undertaken etc.
This additional information is NOT made available to the individual nor can it
be shared with England Squash.
Because of the last point, the only
way in which England Squash can access further information that may be held by
the police is to do the check ourselves through our own CRB Unit.
reason education can share disclosures is because they operate as one body not
as separate organisations. Therefore schools would have access to information
centrally, at least through a county council.
Governing bodies are
separate entities and cannot share information. While I have sympathy, unless
we can be sure, we will insist on our own checks.
And to finally make
this point, we recently suspended an individual for inappropriate behaviour to
a 14 year old boy whose soft information came upon our checks but did not show
on the one he had done by a school he coached in and was checked by - and his
check from the school was only 6 months old! We just cannot take the risk.
I hope this helps
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