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NEWS RELEASE · 1st June 2010
M. of Children & Family Dvlp.
In a move aimed to further promote the safety, security and well-being of vulnerable children and youth in government care, the Ministry of Children and Family Development is expanding and improving its criminal record checks for all care providers, including prospective foster and adoptive parents and relief workers.

Working with the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, the ministry has consolidated and streamlined its criminal record check process - results of checks with no criminal record will be available in about 48 hours; those with a record will take about four to five days. At present, criminal record checks may range from a few days for those without a record, up to a few weeks for those with a criminal history.

Responsibility for record searches will lie with the ministry and information will be held and managed internally. About 5,000 criminal record checks are done each year for ministry care providers, including delegated Aboriginal agencies.

The improved record checks will apply to all persons in positions of trust - including those who are part of the Extended Family Program - and will utilize the comprehensive resources of the Criminal Records Review Program, which has access to the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC), the Police Records Information Management Environment (PRIME) and the Police Information Retrieval System (PIRS), Police Reporting Occurrence System (PROS), as well as B.C.'s correctional and court information systems (CORNET and JUSTIN).

Phasing-in of the new system will begin in June with the ministry's Extended Family Program, and will expand to include fostering and adoptions beginning this October.