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Policing and Crime Act 2009

Section 97 Criminal Records: applications

546.Section 97 makes amendments to the 1997 Act so that the Secretary of State may determine the “form, manner and contents” in which applications for such Disclosures are made.

547.Currently regulations are required for any change to such applications and this provision will enable the Secretary of State to determine administratively the way people apply, what applicants are required to disclose on the applications and how people sign and countersign them without having to make regulations each time. This will include providing for electronic or on-line applications.

548.A similar amendment is being made for “monitoring” applications made under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 because when the new Vetting and Barring Scheme is live many Enhanced Disclosure applications will be made jointly with applications for monitoring and the initial application will be made via the CRB.

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