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Criminal Record Bureau – CRB checks promoting unemployment

Britain’s  obsession with sex offenders and criminals in general is adding to the number of people who are unemployed and is driving low level crime. People released from jail, especially those convicted of serious offences are finding it impossible to secure employment as employers become more and more frightened of taking on those with a criminal record.

Take a trip to your local Job Centre and access the job vacancies (if there are any) presented on the terminals. Or look in an employment agency’s window and examine the cards in the window. Check the local paper and look at the vacancies advertised there. More and more of them require a CRB check, even those positions that don’t really qualify for one.

One local supermarket manager told, “It’s now company policy not to employ anyone with a criminal record, even for the most minor offence. We simply can’t be bothered with all the checks and the interference from the authorities, not to mention the criticism which is bound to come our way from the public.”

The worst is yet to come with the Government still reviewing the role of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) who will ultimately decide who should and who should not be blacklisted and do so based on opinion rather than evidence; they would also take over responsibility for running the CRB.

The British obsession with sex offenders was responsible for the setting up of the CRB, that and a typical, Blairite knee-jerk reaction to the murders of two children and the review that followed. Then the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) – also born out of the Blair/Brown populist need to cave in to the child protection lobby  – and the Murdoch media – was created.

When it was realised that 11 million people would become subjects of the ISA’s intrusive mandate, there was as close to a public outcry as the British are ever likely to come. The new Home Secretary, Theresa May realised the madness of the scheme and promised to apply some common sense to it. Little has been heard since. made contact with  staff in the Department for Work and Pensions, once we had found the London number that they try so hard to keep secret. We asked what the Government was doing to assist the ever increasing number of ex-offenders – particularly former sex offenders – back into work. After a prolonged silence the gentleman concerned told us, “It’s a huge problem that nobody wants to talk about.”

We asked the local Job Centre the same question – and got the same answer. The Job Centre actually revealed that one person had been refused work because he had a criminal record for not paying his TV licence. The area also has a very high number of those convicted of sex offences and serious violent offences, very few of which were able to obtain a job. Some had been fired once the employer knew the nature of the offence.

As the Law currently stands, anyone making an application for a job who is asked, must tell the prospective employer if they have a criminal record and also the nature of the offence. The pathetic Rehabilitation of Offenders Act does not apply to those convicted of sexual and some violent offences so there is no protection against discrimination for those concerned.

Let’s face it, no employer is going to take on anyone who is an ex sex offender. They might, in rare cases, employ someone with a history of violence if they can pay them as little as possible.

The reason the Government does not want to talk about the problem is simply that successive administrations, especially the last one, have made so much political capital out of hammering sex offenders and violent offenders.

Ministers have introduced ever longer sentences, introduced and extended civil orders with criminal penalties which are granted on the request of a policemen, the ridiculously subjective and corrupt Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA), constant monitoring for life – even after the sentence has been served, the legally discredited Sex Offenders Register (a problem the Government still has to deal with following a ruling by the Supreme Court last April) and of course the public paranoia and fear encouraged by money-making children’s charities, women’s groups and profit hungry tabloid newspapers.

Now we have nearly 50,000 people on the Sex Offenders Register, thousands and thousands of people on the Violent and Sex Offender Register (you don’t even need to be convicted to get on that one) and even more than that on the Social Services database, many of whom are there without any evidence being presented or tested.

There are close to 2,000,000 people who have a criminal record and who are subject to one of the sanctions listed above. They cannot get a job, they live off the paltry state benefits and, when they run out of money often turn to crime.

Successive Governments, following the US model rather than that of other European States have managed to create a huge ghetto of people who have no hope, no money, no job, often no family and no help either.

They are a product of often corrupt politicians, who exploit defenceless people who have already paid for their crimes as a means of gathering cheap votes and satisfying a lust for more and more power over others.

It is ironic that Jacqui Smith, the discredited, expense-fiddling former Home Secretary,  like her discredited colleague David Blunkett, did more than most to increase the restrictions on sex offenders and others, yet managed to rip off the tax payer for £60,000 and got the public to pay for her husband’s sex movies; yet she herself got off without any sanction other than having to apologise to Parliament.

The only good thing out of all that was that the voters rightly kicked her out.

The Government should offer ex-offenders the employment that nobody else will. They should properly revise the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and get rid of the ever increasing sanctions on sex offenders, most of whom are unlikely to re-offend and who would much rather work for a living, pay their taxes and get back into normal life.

Ministers have for years said that the best way to reduce re-offending is to ensure that ex-offenders can work and live normally. It’s about time they stopped spouting their meaningless nonsense and actually started to do something.

Not talking about it is not the answer.

As for the CRB and the ISA, the sooner they are consigned to history the better.

7 Responses to Criminal Record Bureau – CRB checks promoting unemployment

  1. suveran
    December 27, 2012 at 12:21 am

    CRB CHECKS ARE A CON. THEY ARE JUST ANOTHER REVENUE FOR THE CORPORATION The Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure Service Limited
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  2. karl taylor
    September 27, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    hi i went to a yoi when i was 17 for 3mths car theft. a kids prison i am 31 yrs old and still it is on my crb check with other low level crimes i had done in my youth and because of it i am unemployed and also find it hard to get work due to having a checkable record.. its not fair because if i came from anywhere else with no checkable history i would have the jobs i am turned down for this country is in tolerant ofr its own children and we preach forgive and forget yet we dont … theres places in the world without fresh running water and do we think they have crb for low level crimes .? ha . also crimes should be catorgrised like drugs ect a.b.or c depending on level and no onme should be able to see the crime but you can be asked to state it if you want. plus only police should have anymore info than that…

  3. Susan
    May 20, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Completely agree, I myself was in a position where I was wrongly convicted after being attacked in my own home. The sheriff totally overlooked lies and discrepancies given in evidence and wrongly found myself and my husband guilty by throwing the perpetrators from my home. I have ended up with 2 assaults to injury, my husband was sent to prison. when there was no medical evidence. Just was was said in court. It was a one man decision. I have worked in social care all my life and consequently lost my job and cannot get another one. This affected my whole family my home. I am 41 and my husband 50 with no previous. This Sheriff basically put us on the poverty line and never took into consideration my 9yr daughter. These people who are known trouble makers now have jobs and walked away scot free. I think the whole judicial system sucks and have lost complete faith in the system. It is time that something was done regards to CRB checks in order for people like myself and my husband who have been punished for a crime we did not commit. I wrote to the top on numerous times and NOTHING was done. Your future in the hands off 1 man who obviously did not listen to the contradictions and lies in evidence given and went for the tears.

  4. rachat de credit
    January 6, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Il semble que vous soyez un expert dans ce domaine, vos remarques sont tres interessantes, merci.

    – Daniel

  5. Paul
    December 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I’m unemployed until my CRB comes through. That’s fine but the stupid fact of the matter is I have already had a CRB done six months ago. It’s crazy why you need a new CRB every time you change jobs!

  6. John
    December 9, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Excellent article. I fully support all of your comments. This country has gone completely insame with it’s preoccupation with sex offenders and ex offenders. The media are largeely responsible for the peerpetuation of the lies and exaggerations spouted by Government. However, the population in gerneral need to wise up and realise that the ever tightening noose of social control may well one day ensnare them too and they could well end up with a minor criminal record and their lives will also be over. Then those people will proclaimm that the system is wrong.

    Mate, the system IS wrong and you know it now. It’s effecting millions of peop-le right now. Don’t wait till it effects you.


    Join NOW and join the fight against this crazy system!

  7. merlin
    December 6, 2010 at 10:22 am

    This is so true. No wonder the government don’t want to talk about it.

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