HC Deb 26 April 2004 vol 420 cc796-7W
Charles Hendry

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received on requiring people coming from abroad to work with children or young people to have checks equivalent to those carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau before they begin work. [165830]

Margaret Hodge

[holding answer 19 April 2004]: I have received no representations on this matter.

Charles Hendry

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will require people coming from abroad to have Criminal Records Bureau checks before they can take up positions working with children or young people; and if he will make a statement. [165833]

Margaret Hodge

[holding answer 19 April 2004]: The Criminal Records Bureau is not able to obtain details of a person's criminal record from overseas. A limited number of overseas convictions are recorded on the Police National Computer, but the data are not comprehensive.

My Department's guidance to employers in the education service about pre-appointment checks on teachers and other people whose work will bring them into regular contact with children draws attention to the fact that, if a person who they intend to appoint to work with children or young people has never lived in the UK, no purpose will be served by asking them to apply for a Disclosure when they come to this country as they will neither have a criminal record in this country, nor appear on List 99 or the Protection of Children Act List.

The Bureau's Overseas Information Service provides advice to employers on the availability of criminal record information from overseas. The service currently covers 17 countries (Denmark, France, Germany, Irish Republic, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Canada, Jamaica, South Africa, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Italy (excluding Vatican City) and Finland). The CRB is in discussions with the 10 accession countries to the European Union and aims to provide information through the Overseas Information Service about the criminal record information available from these countries within the next few months.

Where criminal record information is not available, we recommend that employers take extra care in taking up references and carrying out other checks on a person's background.

Numbers of day care places1 by type of provider—North Tyneside local education authority area-1997–2003

Position at 31 March each year

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Day nurseries2 3 600 620 770 860 3 3
Full day care4 3 3 3 3 3 3 1,600
Playgroups and pre-schools2 680 680 630 590 560 3 3
Sessional day care4 3 3 3 3 3 3 600
Child minders 1,540 1,430 1,300 1,300 1,100 3 1,300
Out of school clubs2 130 200 210 190 260 3 3
Holiday schemes2.5 140 190 2,300 61,500 7180 3 3
Out of school day care4 3 3 3 3 3 3 700
Crèche day care4 3 3 3 3 3 3 200
1 Figures have been rounded to the neatest 100.
2 Data Source: Children's Day Care Facilities.
3 Not available.
4Data Source: Ofsted.
5 From 1999, places at holiday schemes were counted once for each school holiday during the year. Prior to 1999, places were counted

once only.

6 Includes schemes which were exempt from registration.
7 Places may have been counted once only. See footnote 5.

With the introduction of the National Day Care Standards and the transfer of responsibilities for registration and inspection to Ofsted, child care places are classified according to whether they are full day care, sessional day care, childminder, out of school day care or crèche day care places. Previously, child care places were classified according to whether they were provided by day nurseries, playgroups and pre-schools, childminders, out of school clubs or holiday schemes. Figures for 2003 are not directly comparable with figures for earlier years because they are collected on a different basis. Some playgroups and pre-schools provide full day care and some former playgroups and pre-schools have converted to day nurseries.

Statistics on the number of childcare places registered in England were published on 19 February 2004 in a report by Ofsted "Registered Childcare Providers and Places in England, 31 December 2003". The report is

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