Conwy, North Wales ...A Quarter of council staff start work without criminal records checks!

A family member of ours worked for the council and also worked in schools, care homes, etc, it took nearly eight years before he had a DBS check, and he asked for it!

Considering the council had this below, they should be more cautious! 

Mr. Dyfed Rowlands the former head Manager of Floods and Environment has just been jailed for over 10 years at Caernarfon crown court. see (Plea and Trial Preparation - Case Started 10/04/2019 10:44

Court 1
For Trial - Case Started 12/08/2019 14:46
For Trial - Case adjourned until 15:25 12/08/2019 15:13
For Trial - Resume 12/08/2019 15:23
For Trial - Jury Sworn In 12/08/2019 15:45
For Trial - Case adjourned until 10:15 12/08/2019 15:59
Trial (Part Heard) - Resume 13/08/2019 11:41
Trial (Part Heard) - Jury Sworn In 13/08/2019 12:00
Trial (Part Heard) - Prosecution Opening 13/08/2019 12:11
Trial (Part Heard) - Case adjourned until 13:50 13/08/2019 12:51
Trial (Part Heard) - Prosecution Case 13/08/2019 13:54
Trial (Part Heard) - No Event 13/08/2019 14:43
Trial (Part Heard) - Legal Submissions 13/08/2019 15:40
Trial (Part Heard) - Case adjourned until 10:15 13/08/2019 16:16
Trial (Part Heard) - Witness Number 2 Sworn 14/08/2019 10:21
Trial (Part Heard) - Defendant Sworn 14/08/2019 11:29
Trial (Part Heard) - Case adjourned until 14:00 14/08/2019 13:08
Trial (Part Heard) - Summing Up 14/08/2019 14:04
Trial (Part Heard) - Case adjourned until 10:00 14/08/2019 14:31
Trial (Part Heard) - Prosecution Closing Speech 15/08/2019 10:05
Trial (Part Heard) - DYFED FON ROWLANDS; Defence Closing Speech 15/08/2019 10:27
Trial (Part Heard) - Jury retire to consider the verdict on 15/08/2019 at 12:01
Trial (Part Heard) - Verdict to be taken 15/08/2019 15:32
Trial (Part Heard) - Hearing finished for DYFED FON ROWLANDS 15/08/2019 15:44
For Sentence - Case Started 16/08/2019 10:50)
However in April Mr. Rowlands was placed on bail, can the authority please clarify how long he worked until it came to light that he was in fact on bail, and on what date was he dismissed?
As this is a criminal case and has now been settled by a prison sentence, it is in the public interest to know the above facts.
Also can the Authority please clarify why there has been a complete media blackout on reporting the case?
see ref 

Almost a quarter of new council workers who needed a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check started work without having one in place,  a Welsh Government audit has found.

The Wales Audit Office study of Conwy council’s safeguarding of vulnerable people arrangements for 2018-2019 was discussed at the authority’s audit and governance scrutiny committee.

In total, 76.6% of new starters who needed the DBS check had one in place when they started work – according to the latest figures covered by the report. The target is 100%.

Auditors found Conwy council had “addressed the majority of the recommendations” from a 2015 study about safeguarding but found it “could improve” training arrangements.

Safeguarding training was completed by 48% of staff, and less than a third of staff in the authority’s education department had completed domestic violence awareness training by March 2019.

It also emerged the council was unaware of how many school staff had completed safeguarding training because not all schools use the council’s computer system. Council officers want education staff to adopt its “robust” policies but cannot force them to say the report.

The audit office report said: “It is the responsibility of headteachers or the Designated Safeguarding Person in schools to keep a record of all staff who complete training and on what date, and they should be able to provide a list to the Council on request.”

The report went on to say the authority is considering transferring school staff records to its own system.

The council said it had responded to the proposals by “developing an action plan”.

Officers rejected a claim only 36 out of 62 schools had bothered to reply to a survey about how effective they were at giving safeguarding training to school governors. One officer claimed compliance had been “100%”.

However, Wales Office auditor Gwilym Bury told members that officers had been given a draft of the audit report and none of the figures were challenged.

The audit office study said it was the council’s “responsibility … to ensure they receive safeguarding training”.

Elsewhere the council was given a clean bill of health by auditors for its financial management and “effective use of resources”.