This email reports that a grandfather is only allowed to have his grandson to visit if he has a CRB check:
‘Social services have said that my Dad is not allowed to have his grandson come and stay with him unless he has a CRB check. Social services are working with the boy’s mum to try to resolve issues with his behaviour and her parenting style, but even so, this seems a bit full-on.’
As we outlined in the report, Vetting Tree Surgeons, social services are often guilty of over-vetting. It is common practice to vet, not only foster parents, but also their teenage children, babysitters, visitors to their house, and family friends. The risk is that this over-cautious vetting will erode the family and support networks, on which children are dependent.
Vetting Tree Surgeons report: http://www.manifestoclub.com/councilcrbchecks