Criminal Record Checks Positive Disclosure
Q: Does BASI carry out a risk assessment on every CRD?
A: BASI are obliged to conduct a thorough risk assessment on every CRB disclosure that has a conviction or caution of any nature on it, or any other relevant information.
Q: But what if my convictions are all minor and happened a long time ago?
A: All convictions are assessed for their relevancy in respect of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and an individual’s suitability to work with these groups. BASI is very fair and will only consider information that may have an impact on these groups. Old and juvenile offences are not viewed as seriously as recent offences. Minor and financial crimes are usually disregarded.
Recent assaults, violent offences with prison sentences, sexual crimes and drug usage and supply are taken much more seriously.
Every disclosure is assessed on its own merits.
Q: Why have I been asked to contact BASI to discuss my CRD?
A: The CRB disclosure certificate only contains the basic information (offence and outcome) relating to each incident; there are no details about the circumstances of each offence. In order to conduct a thorough risk assessment, BASI require some background information to be able to decide whether or not the offence(s) is relevant.
Q: Will the BASI need to contact other agencies?
A: In cases where the convictions are serious and an initial risk assessment suggests that there is a medium to high risk to children or vulnerable groups, BASI may need permission to speak to professional agencies such as the probation service and social services in order to finalise its risk assessment. BASI will always ask for your permission before taking this course of action.
Q: Will having a previous conviction/caution prevent me from receiving a BASI Licence to instruct or coach?
A: Having a criminal record will not usually prevent an individual from working or volunteering within snowsport teaching/coaching. BASI will follow its risk assessment policy and consider the relevancy in respect of safeguarding children and an individual’s suitability to work with children or vulnerable groups. BASI is very fair and will only consider information that may have an impact on children and other vulnerable groups.
Q:How do I get more information or speak to someone in confidence about my situation?
A: To speak to someone in confidence about your history or any other aspect of a CRD check please call BASI’s Safeguarding Officer on 01479 861 403.
To find out more about the requirements on BASI to use CRD disclosures fairly and legally please visit https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview