I totally approve of CRB (Criminal records Bureau) checks and have become very good at filling in the documentation accurately. Working for a local church, CYFA and Ventures I have become used to more and more forms to fill in as the years progressed.
This year, with several job applications to pursue, I have broken my annual record for form-filling. Many dioceses of the Church of England get all applicants to fill in the forms and then promise to shred the papers of the unsuccesful.
No problem. But then I thought back a few weeks. Remember this post?
I ws invited, by a friend, to help run writing skills classes for 7-9 year olds. The workshops were all run in the company of two or three teachers, but at lunchtime, as all the children sat on a sunny, grassy bank watching the entertainment, I went and spoke to them. Now I have nothing to hide. I like children and it seems to me that on a day helping children with writing it was good to get to know them, chat to them and eat my lunch with them.
As I am aware of the need to be open I made sure teachers saw me doing this.
But I didn't have to and it would have been so easy, had I been so minded, to accompany children who were separating themselves from the crowd for whatever reason (say going to the toilet). Did I have to fill out a CRB check to do this day? No. And I have been asked back.
We may be in danger of filling in the cracks and overlooking the holes.