If so, how long did it take to come back please? And do you have any idea if I can be offered/accept a job until it comes back - I have been teaching in an EU country for the last 4 years and had a CRB check in the Netherlands. Am hoping it won't take 3 months like my parents are telling me (they must have read it somewhere ).
My last one in Holland took just over a week to come back!
It can take up to three months, so your parents are right.
This time of year I have found it to take longer as teaching staff are changing jobs and need new CRBs done.
I once waited six months for one of mine. I actually left the job before it came through.
You can accept a job without one. In my pre-school atm, my manager is allowing a new member of staff to work under her old CRB as it is less than a year old and she is in the process of applying for a new one. Only thing is, she isn't allowed to be left alone with the children although she can do changing as long as we can see her.
Thanks Lucy. I am hoping that given that I was CRB checked for my previous job (have just left), any employer will be lenient and as long as they know my application is going through and get a reference from the head I've just worked for.
They can get a police covering letter or something, which basically means they check your name against the banned list. That only takes a week or two. I applied for 2 identical CRBs at almost the same time. One came back within a month, and the other got lost in the system and took about 6 months and had to have reminders sent.
There was the big disaster year when they first came out where it did take months to get them done (lots of NQTs had to delay starting work that year - I was caught up in it so remember it fairly clearly) but any I've had nowadays have generally been back within a fortnight. Always a little bit slower in the run-up to September though because every teacher moving jobs is getting new ones done at the same time.