Vetting and Barring update

Posted 11th July 2010

The future of the Vetting and Barring Scheme is 'under review'

The Coalition Government has put the Vetting and Barring Scheme on hold, while the Home Secretary, Theresa May, considers scaling back the scheme to a more 'common sense' level.

The scheme was set to commence the first phase of registration in July 2010, however, new safeguarding regulations which was implemented in October 2009 continue to apply.  These are;

A person who is barred from working with children or vulnerable adults will be breaking the law if they work or volunteer, or try to work or volunteer with those groups.

An organisation which knowingly employs someone who is barred to work with those groups will also be breaking the law.

If your organisation works with children or vulnerable adults and you dismiss a member of staff or a volunteer because they have harmed a child or vulnerable adult, or you would have done so if they had not left, you must tell the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

In October 2009, the right to ask for an enhanced CRB disclosure was extended to all those who employ or use volunteers in types of activity called ‘Regulated Activity’. This right remains, and you should continue to carry out appropriate pre-recruitment checks, including CRB checks where appropriate or required by law.

The Independent Safeguard Authority to maintain the barred lists, and to accept referrals.

Last month Civitas, the Institute for the Study of Civil Society, published the second edition of their report "Licensed to Hug" which strongly criticises the whole scheme, and feel that the scheme should be completely scrapped.  Their feelings are that the scheme creates an 'atmosphere of suspicion that actually increases the risks to children and damages relations between the generations'.



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