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Vetting and Barring Scheme Launched, 12/10/09 [W]

New regulations to safeguard children and vulnerable adults from those who could pose a risk to them come into effect today.

Under the new Vetting and Barring Scheme, the following increased safeguards will be introduced:

  • It is now a criminal offence for barred individuals to apply to work with children or vulnerable adults in a wider range of posts. Employers face fines of up to £5,000 if they fail to report an employee who harms or is a risk to children or vulnerable adults and face criminal sanctions if they employ a barred individual across a wider range of work;
  • The three current banning lists (POVA, POCA and List 99) will be replaced by the creation of two new barred lists administered by the ISA rather than several Government departments. From now on checks of these two lists can be made as part of an Enhanced CRB check;
  • Additional jobs and voluntary positions will be covered by the barring arrangements, including moderators of children’s internet chat rooms, and a large number of NHS staff;
  • Employers, social services and professional regulators have a duty to refer to the ISA any information such as why they stopped or considered stopping an individual from working with vulnerable groups where they consider them to have caused harm or posed a risk.

In Wales a further safeguard has been to added to strengthen the VBS definitions and prevents a person who is barred as a result of the most serious crimes such as rape, murder or kidnapping from ever working or volunteering in controlled activity. 

Further information is available on the Welsh Assembly Government website.