I have recently conducted a campaign against my local authority who refused to grant portability on my CRB certificate. I am registered with my LEA as a supply teacher and I also applied to some agencies too. The agencies were prepared to accept my current CRB certificate as I was still working for the LEA and still in contact with young people professionally. However, the LEA refused to let the agencies use the CRB. I refused to pay the fee to duplicate something that was clearly still valid and contacted the LEA personally. I was told by an officer at the county's CRB office that it was "The Law" never to grant portability. I researched all of the current statue concerning Child Protection and also Rehabilitation of Offenders. No mention was made of such a legal requirement. I contacted the LEA again who now said that maybe it wasn't the law after all but it was still a County policy. I researched the guidelines issued to LEA's from the CRB itself, again no such requirement is stipulated. I sent this information to my MP and to the Chief Executive of the CRB and the reply I had hoped for soon came. My CRB is totally valid and portable and my LEA cannot block its being used by other employers unless there is a genuine case of professional misconduct on my part. So why is this information not in the public domain. Why are thousands of public sector employees being bamboozled into paying for multiple CRBs. Apparently the guidelines are going to change to streamline the system. Does anyone know of the date for this change. Don't pay for a new CRB if you already have one. If you have been in pfrofessional contact with young or vulnerable people whilst still holding a CRB and there has not been a break of more than 12 weeks, your certificate is portable. Write to your MP, write to the Chief Executive of the CRB and write to the Home Office if anyone refuses to accept your CRB or refuses to grant portability on your CRB.