About bloody time!! I have 4 current CRB's - 1 paid for by my DS's school, 1 by the LA, one by the scout movement & 1 by me all within 6 months of each and none transferable to the other. Total waste if money for all concerned so yes, I would fully support an online/central database if it stopped this current farcical arrangement.
I think if it were one check that were constantly updated I would pay for it myself because it wouldn't be possible to get a job without it IYSWIM. All new entrants will presumably have to pay, although maybe if you're studying a qualification it will be done by the college?
Interesting implications but I shall reserve judgement until the finer details have been announced.
One thing of interest to many people I suspect is the Update Service, which is planned for launch sometime in 2013.
Details don't seem to me to be fully determined at this stage but the Update Service should allow an applicant to apply for a check once and then employers can check online to see if the information on the certificate is still up-to-date. Fees for that have not yet been announced and not clear if the applicant (so nanny, childminder) would be paying the fee, or if it would be the employer (in the case of a nanny) who would pay a fee.
We will need to wait and see but perhaps the DBS will finally mean that childcare workers can get just one check (which gets updated) and then have employers see online that the check is still valid.
Would you pay more for a check that is constantly updated and employers could access, than a printed certificate that you get for each new job?