Quite amazing this:
The new system will exhibit a far worse defect than liability to error, however. It will cement the rule that allows accusations on the CRB (and therefore held on the new database) to be retained and passed on regardless of whether there is any evidence to support them.
In August, the High Court handed down its decision on the case of Michael Pinnington, who worked with mentally disabled children. He had been fired from his job and refused any further employment in his chosen field because the CRB revealed that there were accusations that he had sexually abused mentally disabled youngsters. Those accusations had not resulted in his being charged, let alone tried. The police quickly reached the conclusion that there was no prospect that a jury would convict on the evidence. The accusations had been made by an intermediary interpreting what the disabled children had said. The method of interpretation used has been condemned by the American Psychiatric Association as "not a scientifically valid technique". The English Courts reject it as "dangerous".
Lord Justice Richards, who wrote the judgment, recognised that there was no significant evidence that the accusations against Mr Pinnington were true. But, he ruled, the test for whether accusations should be passed on by the CRB is not whether they are true or even plausible. The test is simply whether they might be true. Since the accusations against Mr Pinnington might be true, the CRB was entitled to pass them on. Which meant Mr Pinnington had to accept that he would never work with children again.
Accusations, based on no evidence, acccusations, even if investigated and rejected, will mean you fail the CRB check.
Accusations which can never be wiped from your reord.
This is reminiscent of the STASI. Who in buggery is actually directing this sort of nonsense?