From: Charles Bell
Dear Slough Borough Council,
This question relates to potential employees and volunteers who
seek to engage in providing services to children and vulnerable
1. Please provide your policy and practice guidance on vetting and
debarring including provisions concerning certificates of good
What is the legal basis for requesting them?
Who applies and pays for them? In relation to some countries
individuals can give others a power of attorney.
A government-commissioned report suggests that for some countries
CGC information may be unreliable. What steps do you take to verify
it if the person to whom it relates challenges it?
How do you ensure that CGCs obtained from overseas are consistent
with the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and dont
include, for example, convictions for matters that would not be a
crime in the UK or would be considered spent under the
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act?
3. I refer to Article 8 of the Human Rights Act and the recent case
of (R(T) v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester and Others 
EWCA) concerning the right to privacy. What steps have you taken or
do you intend to take and to what effect to amend your policies
concerning vetting and debarring and certificates of good conduct
in light of this ruling?
4. Your Local Authority is known to employ a significant number of
social workers who trained outside of the UK (34: information
provided before its demise by the General Social Care Council) and
came to you as foreign nationals; others may have taken up British
citizenship since then. Where such persons take leave of
absence(e.g. maternity leave, extended sick leave)for a period of