Last week I met with Anna Pearson who has been developing a number of marvellous projects to encourage volunteering. One these is SimpleCRB which, as the name suggests, aims to reduced the hassle, cost and time of current CRB. The project is at system build stage and the project is looking for a partner (local authority, university, voluntary organisation) who do an excess 3,000 per annum to move this valuable project forward. More detail below.... please contact me (email@example.com) or Anna (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2011 is probably going to be a year when we're all a bit short of money and looking to trim the edges off our budgets and for local authorities and community organisations we already know the pain is going to be pretty severe. So its an ideal time for an disruptive idea to come along with the intention of saving the public and voluntary sector millions of pounds and millions of man hours - a little ray of light perhaps?
SimpleCRB is a new service that is currently in development and which will provide cheaper, quicker and more effective Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks on a 'not for profit' basis to the public and voluntary sector. The guiding philosophy is twofold - firstly that these sectors shouldn't be paying through the nose for checks they are legally required to carry out to protect the children and vulnerable adults they work with, and secondly, that these sectors should get the very best service.
The very best service in this case means taking the checks online thereby the cutting direct costs, administrative burden, errors and also delay (a check submitted online will be 5-7 days faster than one done on paper). But online checks aren't actually new, the Criminal Records Bureau rolled out what it calls e-bulk last year, its just that so far only the largest CRB checking companies have been given the permission to use ebulk - these companies are providing access to others either but at a cost.
As the roll-out of ebulk continues organisations that do more than 3,000 CRB checks a year can now apply to get access e-bulk. Sounds good - but in fact they will have to pay through the nose for technical platforms to allow them to actually submit applications. The approach also risks each local authority and major charity paying individually for the same technology - and of course there remains scant access for smaller organisations. So here is the disruptive part of SimpleCRB - to prevent build just ONE platorm and ensure that ANYONE in the not-for-profit world, can use it on a not-for-profit basis.
But at the moment SimpleCRB can only move forward if it finds a partner organisation to work with which does 3,000 CRB checks a year in order to get a connection with the online CRB systemsm. A partner doing 3,000 checks per year is this project's equivalent of Willy Wonka's golden ticket but without the tour of the chocolate factory. Know an organisation that fits the bill?
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