A mother has been denied permission to accompany her son to school because she hasn’t had a criminal records bureau (CRB) check:
Jayne Jones, of Aberfan near Merthyr Tydfil, used to travel with her [epileptic] son Alex, 14, in the council-provided taxi when she feared he may have a fit.
But Merthyr Tydfil council has told her this must stop until she has undergone a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.
A spokesman for the council said this:
We cannot comment on particular cases but can confirm that CRB checking is a requirement of our transport provisions in relation to adults travelling on home-to-school transport in the capacity of an escort.
This is a standard requirement and has been for several years.
I think the last bit is bureaucratese for “it’s been our policy to be arseholes for some time now, which makes it OK for us to be arseholes in this particular case”.
(via Liberal England)