More than 20,000 unsuitable people were stopped from working with children and vulnerable adults last year as a direct result of checks by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) according to the latest figures.
The figures for 2007 show that the total of unsuitable people prevented from working with vulnerable groups totals more than 80,000 in the last four years.
In addition to high levels of protection for children and vulnerable adults, the CRB has achieved record levels of customer satisfaction with 92% of customers reporting a positive response.
Home Office minister Meg Hillier said: “The government takes the protection of children and vulnerable adults extremely seriously and the CRB plays a vital role in helping us fulfil this duty. These results are impressive and clearly demonstrate that employers also recognise the importance of CRB checks in the protection of the most vulnerable in our society.”