CRB Checks Reveal 4,000 Offenders Seeking Teaching Jobs

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Some interesting Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) findings from our friends across the pond! Stories like these justify background checks for schools in every way.  No background check means these individuals are working with your children.
Paedophiles, violent thugs and drug dealers were among more than 4,000 offenders who applied to become teachers last year despite having almost 10,000 criminal convictions between them, figures showed today.
Criminal records checks even revealed four previous convictions for child sex offences, including one for a sex attack on a girl under 13, as well as three convictions for assaulting or neglecting a child.
The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) said that to date checks had helped stop more than 130,000 unsuitable people from working with children and many of the offences would lead to an automatic ban on the offenders becoming teachers.
The figures, released to the Press Association following a request under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed the 263,477 checks carried out for the post of “teacher” in 2011 found 4,098 of these had 9,493 previous offences between them.
These included more than 50 sex offences, 11 for arson, and two for making threats to kill.
Some 830 violent offences were highlighted overall, along with more than 550 drugs offences and 11 for causing death by reckless driving.
The sex offences included four indecent assaults on children, 13 on adults, eight acts of gross indecency, 12 of indecent exposure and 19 involving prostitution.
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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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