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Criminal record checks

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 11:30

From Cllr Michael Lilley, Ryde:

Regarding coverage of the DBS (criminal record checks)motion I proposed at the full IW Council meeting on  November 15 (CP, . This motion was sadlydefeated.

I wish to correct any misunderstanding that I proposedanything illegal. It is my understanding my motion was not asking the councilto do anything not within its powers.

All DBS applications are voluntary as all applicants have toagree to them. Usually it is a condition imposed by an employer.

The potential employee has to voluntarily agree to thechecks to get the job. The compulsion is the condition of the job not theprocess of applying to DBS.

In relation to elected members, it is more the issue ofenforcement. The council does not employ members as they are elected.

The council has no legal enforcement powers to stop membersnot wishing to undertake DBS. My wording in the resolution used the words“must” not in the way of enforcement but from a moral and ethical perspective.

I felt the wording of voluntary undertaking checks did notgive a strong enough message.

As stated by officers in legal advice given to members thatif the motion was supported, members could submit DBS applications.

I was focusing on the issue of corporate parenting and thatat corporate parenting events we, as elected members, could be in contact withvulnerable children and, therefore, DBS checks were appropriate.

I felt it was important to make the public aware of thisdiscrepancy. In no way did I want to shame my colleagues and I acknowledgemany, like myself, have DBS certificates due to being active in the communityon other bodies, such as being a school governor or a trustee of a charity. Iwas following the example of other Councillors across the UK who had putforward DBS motions to Councils. DBS motions such as mine have been passed andsystems put in place by other councils, including Cornwall County Council,Ashfield District Council, Birmingham City Council, Leicestershire CountyCouncil among others. I am asking that if other councils can agree a DBS motionwhy cannot the IW Council?

 


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