BFBB’s CRB system flourishes After advising brass bands to implement a policy for child protection, the British Federation of Brass Bands (BFBB) is encouraged that many bands across the country have taken up the advice and have implemented a basic child protection and safeguarding procedure. Since the BFBB became a registered body with the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) a healthy flow of member bands have used the BFBB’S new procedure to have players, tutors and conductors checked with the CRB. As a registered umbrella body, the BFBB endeavours to process applications quickly and with minimal administration and is extending an invitation to all bands to use the service which is free to all BFBB member bands or a small administration charge is payable by non-member bands. Advice from the BFBB states: “It is very important that all bands use the CRB facility. We know that many bands have not registered members to-date so we advise them to take a look at the procedures they have in place to see if they are up to date. We advise that any senior members who work with young people agree to a CRB check. If bands apply for grants or charitable status they will need to have their CRB checks in place.” For more information on the CRB checks contact Derek Atkinson on 01744 755463 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.