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    Default Criminal record check

    I haven't researched this in great detail but would I be right in thinking that a CRB check requires the person's permission?

    Is there any way of finding out if someone has a criminal past without their knowledge?

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    As it is accessing highly sensitive and personal information i.e. your criminal record I am almost certain it would be for a CRB.

    The link below is for volunteering for the police and confirms you must give permission.

    Essential Checks Before Volunteering - Police & CRB - Voluntary Worker

    The following is CRB check guidelines for the NHS and says 'Disclosure information should only be used for the specific purpose for which it was requested and with the applicant’s full consent.'

    NHS Guidelines

    Am sure there are other docs around but it seems to be the case.

    I wouldn't have thought you could with the type on information you are dealing with here. Private Investigators might be able to help but I wouldn't think their methods legal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonkeyRhubarb View Post

    Is there any way of finding out if someone has a criminal past without their knowledge?
    Unless it's been splashed over the media including local newspapers and industry newspapers, there is no legal way to obtain it without their permission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonkeyRhubarb View Post
    Is there any way of finding out if someone has a criminal past without their knowledge?
    Yes there is. Something commonly done by some places is quite easy to get away with. Once you have all the applicant details, all you need to do is fill in the forms with the applicants details and then provide a fake signature.

    The CRB goes straight back to the employer anyhow. Ive done loads of CRB's without ever knowing the result or getting any correspondence back. All the employer needs to do is provide a signature, they already have all your details.

    I have known for one or two companies to allegedly do this, however I wouldnt recommend it, as I wouldnt like to guess what the consequences would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wim121 View Post
    I wouldnt recommend it, as I wouldnt like to guess what the consequences would be.
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    The last two I've done, I've had copies sent to me by the CRB lot saying who requested it. They were Enhanced ones though so maybe that's the difference.

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    Thanks for the responses.

    The background is I'm an Executor of a Will, carrying out Probate, and I'm looking into possible misappropriation of tens of thousands of pounds involving cheques. The person in the frame has been caught out lying so there are already doubts over their honesty. However, the sheer audacity of the cheque transactions makes me wonder if they've got previous.

    There isn't enough evidence to take to the Police yet and these types of cases are complicated by the fact that the main witness (the deceased) can't testify. If this ends up in court then it's more likely to be a civil claim, where previous criminal convictions are admissible.

    If the person has form then this could be useful leverage to force an out of court settlement.

    I may try a local PI.

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    There are 2 levels of check, standard and enhanced. I've had both. I dont believe anyone could obtain CRB checks on someone else without the person's permission or knowledge.

    Organisations have to be registered with CRB to issue the check forms. If you are an individual, you have to quote the organisation' reference number who is asking you to apply for a check. You also have to provide proof of your name, dob address via original documentation.

    Of course you could go down the fraudulent path to provide all that info but I wouldnt like to get caught.

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