Compulsory CRB checks likely for councillors
5:10pm Sunday 17th February 2013 in County News
Criminal record checks look set to be made compulsory for all councillors on Pembrokeshire County Council.
Cabinet members adopted a notice of motion submitted by council leader Councillor Jamie Adams, which stated: “In view of the role of county council members engaging with potentially vulnerable children and adults, it should be mandatory that ALL members of Pembrokeshire County Council hold a current enhanced CRB certificate.
“This will ensure that constituents and the wider public are suitably assured and members are effectively in a position to demonstrate and ultimately lead an overtly responsible attitude towards safeguarding in its widest context.”
The cabinet will report its decision, which was made at a meeting on Monday (February 4th), back to council for determination.
The CRB check costs £44 for each disclosure application, but Cllr Adams said the cost would be “fairly minor”
because the majority of members already hold a CRB certificate as school governors.
Cllr Adams said: “I think we should be leading from the front in terms of not just being seen, but doing something positive in terms of our own individual position regards safeguarding.”
Cabinet member for safeguarding and children’s services Councillor Sue Perkins said she was “absolutely disturbed” that some members had not had a CRB check.
“I’m amazed that we have members of this council that will not do this,” she added.
Cabinet member for economy, tourism and communities Councillor David Pugh asked whether the information would be published online and added: “I think it should be.”
Pembrokeshire County Council chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones said the council clearly could not display the certificates, but would be making a public disclosure once the process had been undertaken.
Cabinet member for environment and regulatory services Councillor Huw George said: “This is a declaration from us as a council and as individuals. It is clear where we are going from the outset.”