CRB Application

Persons applying for certain jobs in the UK may be asked to fill out a CRB application. The CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) is an executive agency of the government’s Home Office Department set up to help organizations with safer recruitment of employees. Jobs requiring CRB applications involve working with children or vulnerable adults, working in the healthcare field, and working in the financial sector. Also, any employer or organization registered with the CRB may ask for a CRB check before accepting a job application letter.

CRB Application

CRB Application

The CRB application form will come either from the employer or by making a request from the CRB. There are two levels of checks: standard or enhanced. Standard CRB checks cost £26 and enhanced checks cost £44. The fee is sometimes paid by the employer, but not always. Depending on the level of check requested by the employer, the CRB application process typically takes ten days to four months.

To avoid delay, it is important to follow the directions on the CRB application form carefully and fill out the form clearly and completely. Some suggestions to avoid problems are: Be sure to use only black ink and to print clearly with one letter or number inside the box; To make a correction, mark one line through the error and write the correct answer next to it; Do not use correction fluid like Tipp-Ex; Do not put N/A, instead leave irrelevant sections blank; Return the application form to the person who asked for the check, not to the CRB.

Just as information must be verifiable for any important transaction, such as a passport application, credit card application or loan application, the CRB application requires proof of identity. Original documents proving name, date of birth, and current address must be provided. These documents include such as driving licence, birth certificate (UK), passport, EU national ID or ID for foreign national, along with other proof such as current bills, payslips, or insurance certificates. The Home Office website has more information (http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/agencies-public-bodies/crb/services/) And the CRB helpline is available for all general inquiries: 0870 9090 811.

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