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Vetting & Barring

Following the notice given, regarding the halting of the Vetting & Barring Scheme, it should be pointed out that previous directives are still in place.

The new safeguarding regulations introduced in October 2009 continue to apply. This is the current advice on the Independent Safeguarding Authority website:

• 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 the meantime organisations are therefore recommended to continue to implement their existing safe recruitment processes, which should include CRB checks for relevant individuals and posts.

The WKGB CRB Process was co-ordinated and implemented before the start of the V&BS and continues to be a prime requirement for all Coaches and Instructors. Associations must remain aware of the requirement for CRB Disclosure for all new Associations joining the WKGB and Clubs their organisations directly.

VETTING AND BARRING SCHEME REGISTRATION HALTED

The ISA registration stage of the Vetting and Barring Scheme has been halted to allow the Government to conduct a remodelling of the scheme back to proportionate, common sense levels. As a result the ISA registration phase of the scheme has been stopped and will not launch on 26 July 2010.

The Home Secretary Theresa May said that the safety of children and vulnerable adults is of 'paramount importance to the new government', but that a measured approach is vital. She continued, 'We've listened to the criticisms and will respond with a scheme that has been fundamentally remodelled. Vulnerable groups must be properly protected in a way that is proportionate and sensible. This redrawing of the VBS will ensure this happens'.

Existing arrangements under the Scheme which will continue include:

  • since January 2009, the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) has been making independent barring decisions. It will continue to maintain two constantly updated lists, one for those barred from working with children, the other for those barred from working with vulnerable adults;
  • existing requirements concerning CRB checks will remain in place, and those entitled to such checks can continue to apply for them; and
  • employers are still legally obliged to refer information to the ISA if they have moved or removed an individual because they have harmed or there is a risk of harm to a member of a vulnerable group.

The scope of the remodelling process - to be co-ordinated by the Home Office in partnership with Department of Health and Department of Education - is currently being finalised. The two current consultations: Continuing Need for a Controlled Activity Category in the Vetting and Barring Scheme AND Statutory requirements and advice, for CRB disclosures for safeguarding purposes, on workers already registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority remain live with the closing date of 9th July: http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/consultations/

It is not yet clear how the Government's remodelling of the Vetting and Barring Scheme will impact upon the future of ISA registration. Once more information about this is available we will communicate it to you.

The press release is available at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/

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