From 10 September 2012, a number of amendments to the vetting and barring scheme came into force. For those who don’t about Vetting & Barring, to sum up, it is a law which is designed to protect vulnerable individuals. If you are an employer it is essential you know about these changes.
3 things you need to know:
- There is no longer a duty to refer information to the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) in relation to individuals carrying out “controlled activities”, ie roles that are not regulated activities but that allow holders the opportunity to have contact with vulnerable groups or to have access to certain records relating to vulnerable groups.
- The definition of a “regulated activity” in relation to children is narrowed and covers fewer job roles.
- The Act amends the definition of a vulnerable adult as well as what constitutes “regulated activity” in relation to them.
For more information about the changes, you can download a pdf from the home office website here