In the new “InTouch” system – a reasonably sensible system for providing home contact for all scouting activities, I found that any Home Contact (sitting at the end of a phone) needs a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau check)!
And the FAQ’s explain why :
So in other words this should make it a lot harder to get anyone to help out – this is IMHO incredibly short sighted.
And surely this breaks the CRb rules which state (all references from this document) :
The Vetting and Barring Scheme aims to prevent unsuitable people from undertaking certain paid or volunteer work with children or vulnerable adults (‘regulated activity’)
With the definition of regulated activity :
Regulated activity covers anyone working closely with children or vulnerable adults, either paid or unpaid, not part of a family or personal arrangement (see box on page 4), on a frequent or intensive basis (see box on page 7). It can include, but is not limited to, any of the following:
• Teaching, training or instruction, care or supervision of children or provided wholly or mainly to vulnerable adults.
• Providing advice or guidance for children.
• Providing advice, guidance or assistance wholly or mainly to vulnerable adults.
• Any form of healthcare treatment or therapy provided to children or vulnerable adults.
How can “working closely with” be a definition for a “home contact”????
And how does it relate to “frequent and intensive” when the definition is :
Work in any of the specified settings or specified activities listed in this section is regulated activity if it is done frequently (once a month or more) or intensively (on three days or more in a single 30-day period).