Got this back form the department of education Thank you for your email dated 24 November 2011 regarding Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) Disclosures. I am afraid that it is not clear from your email precisely what the difficulty is that you are facing. It appears from what you describe that you are being asked to obtain a new Enhanced CRB Disclosure to work in schools. The Government?s existing guidance Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education (SCSRE) can be found at, https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/DFES-04217-2006. The Government does not expect schools or agencies to ask for anything over and above the guidance within SCSRE. If you believe you are being asked to obtain a CRB Disclosure unnecessarily you could ask the Information Commissioner to rule on whether the school was in breach of its Data Protection Act?s duty to process data fairly and lawfully. The Government has taken action to try to address the shortcomings of the current system and I am pleased to say that proposals to scale back disclosure and barring arrangements to common sense levels are now making good progress. If approved by Parliament, improvements should come into effect in 2012-13. The Government has scrapped previously proposed new laws that would have required nine million people to be registered and have their details held on a central database, and compulsory checks on school governors who have no contact with pupils, and on supervised volunteers. In addition, checks on new staff will be easier. Individuals will be able in future to use a new service that requires just one check; any subsequent employer can simply verify online that it is still up to date.