News update from Acro Criminal Records, UK
On behalf of the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (NCA-CEOP) Command and ACRO Criminal Records Office I would like to let you know about some important changes that have been made to the ICPC. As of Monday 8th January 2018, two key features of the ICPC have changed: the certificate now includes two parts and convictions will be provided in accordance with the ACRO step-down model.
Before I explain more about the changes, I would like to reassure you that these have been made to improve the ICPC and provide you with relevant information to support your decision making when recruiting people to work with children. Ultimately, these changes are designed to better protect children from UK nationals and residents who may look to travel and work overseas to sexually abuse them.
The first change is the format of the certificate. The new version is made of two parts: the first will hold conviction information from UK police databases and the second will hold ‘other relevant information’ from UK intelligence databases.
The difference between the two is that the previous version of the certificate only held conviction information. Intelligence checks were made for the previous version, but no information was included on the certificate. Instead, they were used to determine whether a certificate was issued or not.
The new version ensures that a certificate is returned to the applicant in every instance. It is still the applicant’s choice whether or not they send you their certificate; for those that do, you will be well-informed to make a recruitment decision as you will be provided with information deemed relevant to working with children.
The second change is that we will now be applying a matrix, known as the ACRO step-down model, to assess whether convictions need to be included. This is based on things like the offence, what the outcome was, when it happened and the age of the offender. The model is available on our website, but in short, it means that people with a minor offence from years ago, for instance, won’t be stopped from getting a job.
This change brings the ICPC process up to the same standard as the ACRO Police Certificate, which applies this model. It is designed to support people in line with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998, by only disclosing offences that are still deemed relevant. It is also in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
I hope this gives you enough information to reassure you that the ICPC will continue to meet your needs to protect children. For your reference, I’ve included an example of the new version of the certificate and a cover letter that will be sent to applicants, but essentially, it’s just a ‘new and improved’ version.
Our website has been updated to reflect the changes. I welcome your views on this, so let us know your thoughts, questions and/or concerns by emailing or calling and we’ll be happy to talk it through.
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