WAVE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CENTRE

UMBRELLA BODY FOR THE CRIMINAL RECORDS BUEAU (CRB)

• What is the Criminal Records Bureau
The CRB's primary purpose is to help organisations make safer recruitment decisions and appointments. By providing access to criminal records and other information, the CRB will enable organisations to identify those who may be unsuitable for certain work and positions, especially when the work involves contact with children or vulnerable adults. With the implementation of the new legislation in Part V of the Police Act 1997, many organisations are now able to access criminal record information, as part of their recruitment process, through the Disclosure service. Access to this information has been designed to strike a balance between three significant groups; the rights of children and the vulnerable, and individual's right to privacy and the rights of ex-offenders to become rehabilitated into society.

• The Disclosure Service
The Disclosure service provides employers and voluntary groups with a valuable additional recruitment tool to help them assess the suitability of a potential employee/volunteer, thus enabling them to maker safer recruitment decisions.

Disclosure brings together information held on the Police National Computer (PNC); local police forces records; and, where appropriate information on lists held by the Department of Health (DH) and Department of Education and Skills (DfES) of those considered unsuitable to work with children. Where appropriate, it will also include information held on the Department of Health of those considered unsuitable to work with vulnerable adults. The CRB provides a Disclosure service for England and Wales.

• What is a Registered Body
If an organisation wishes to apply for Standard and Enhanced disclosures, it must register with the CRB, and is known as a Registered Body.

• What is an Umbrella Body
Not all organisations or individuals are able to register with the Criminal Records Bureau and gain direct access to the disclosure service. WAVE, which is a registered body with the CRB, has taken the decision to act as an umbrella body for un-registered organisation/individuals by acting as administrative intermediary, countersigning Disclosure applications on behalf of others.

An organisation may chose not to become a registered body, and therefore use the services of an umbrella body for a number of reasons:

• It may lack the necessary administration resource or the relevant expertise.
• It may expect only a small number of applications and therefore be unwilling to pay the registration fee.
• It may be unable to comply with the storage and handling provisions set out in the Disclosure Code of Practice.
• Another organisation may already have stated its willingness to countersign applications on its behalf.

Fees: VOLUNTEER DISCLOSURES £10.00 EACH, (STANDARD & ENHANCED DISCLOSURES)

PAID STAFF - STANDARD DISCLOSURES £41.00 EACH

PAID STAFF - ENHANCED DISCLOSURES £46.00 EACH

If you would like to apply for a disclosure via WAVE, please contact:

Leanne Mallinson : 01942 262270 or alternatively, e-mail:leanne@wavedvcentre.com

Further information regarding the Criminal Records Bureau can be obtained by writing to

Criminal Records Bureau
PO BOX 110
LIVERPOOL
L3 6ZZ

Tel: 0870 90 90 811, Website: www.crb.gov.uk

Complaints - If you are not completely satisfied with the service, please contact us in writing

WAVE, PO BOX 1, LEIGH, LANCASHIRE, WN7 1LS

If you are not satisfied with the way your complaint has been handled, please contact

CRB Customer Services Manager, PO BOX 165, LIVERPOOL, L69 3JD

WAVE is Registered as an Umbrella Body with the Criminal Records Bureau

Registered Body Number 22947600007