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The Vetting & Barring Scheme. Graham Sadler Home Office. What is the Vetting & Barring Scheme?. New, improved checking and monitoring scheme aiming to prevent unsuitable people from working or volunteering with children and/or vulnerable adults.

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the vetting barring scheme

The Vetting & Barring Scheme

Graham Sadler

Home Office

what is the vetting barring scheme
What is the Vetting & Barring Scheme?

New, improved checking and monitoring scheme aiming to prevent unsuitable people from working or volunteering with children and/or vulnerable adults.

The ISA is a new Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) which will decide who is ‘barred’ from working with these groups.

Sponsored by the Home Office and supported by DCSF and DH.

the bichard report recommendation 19
The Bichard Report - Recommendation 19

“New arrangements should be introduced requiring those who wish to work with children, or vulnerable adults, to be registered. The register would confirm that there is no known reason why an individual should not work with these client groups.”

  • Core purpose: to prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults
  • The ISA will play a major part in reforming current vetting and barring practices by barring individuals who pose an obvious risk to vulnerable groups….
  • …but employers retain their responsibilities for ensuring safe recruitment and employment practices.
words of warning
Words of Warning
  • The ISA will not absolve employers of their responsibility for safe recruitment
  • The ISA will provide an extra safeguard – not a complete solution
  • We all have a continuing responsibility to ensure that safeguarding works
scheme overview
Scheme overview

Once the Vetting & Barring Scheme (VBS) has been fully rolled out, it will beillegal for employing organisations to engage anyone in regulated activity without checking their registration status first.

Employers will be notified if an individual is de-registered from the scheme.

Information-sharing framework is enshrined in law and at the heart of the scheme.

key vbs features
Key VBS Features
  • Register of people
    • No known reason they should not work with children or vulnerable adults

Two lists

Where there are reasons they should not work with children or vulnerable adults

Independent decision making

Continuous updating of status

who does the scheme extend to
Who does the scheme extend to?

Paid workers


Current workforce

Including workers from overseas

what is regulated activity
What is regulated activity?

Involves contact with children or vulnerable adults and is:

  • of a specifiednature (e.g. teaching, training, care, supervision, advice, treatment or transport) on a frequent*, intensive* and/or overnight basis.
  • in a specified place (e.g. schools, care homes, etc), frequently* or intensively*.
  • fostering and childcare or
  • a defined “office holder” (includes: LA Director of Children’s Services; trustees of certain charities; school governors).

No distinction made between paid and voluntary work.

vulnerable adults coverage
Vulnerable adults – coverage

Vulnerable adults, a large group including:

(1) A person is a vulnerable adult if he has attained the age of 18 and……

(e) he is detained in lawful custody,

(f) he is by virtue of an order of a court under supervision by a person exercising functions for the purposes of Part 1 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 (c. 43)


Anyone under 18 years of age

employer duties referrals
Employer duties - referrals

Employers, professional and regulatory bodies, and child/adult protection teams in Local Authorities must refer information to the ISA in certain circumstances.

In other circumstances, employers may refer information regarding an individual’s conduct to the ISA.

Parents/private employersshould go to a statutory agency who can investigate and refer if appropriate(e.g. social services or the police).

TheIndependent Safeguarding Authoritywill inform professional/regulatory bodies if it bars someone, so that their professional registration can also be reviewed.

when does it start
When does it start?
  • The ISA Scheme ‘goes live’ on 12 October 2009.
  • New entrants to the workforce & those moving jobs will be the first to go through the scheme.
  • Members of the existing workforce will be phased into the scheme over a five year period.
what will it cost
What will it cost?

Individuals in paid employment will pay £64when applying for registration with the ISA Scheme.

There is no discounton this one-off application fee but in most cases a CRB Enhanced Disclosure will be included in the initial registration process.

Those involved only in unpaid voluntaryactivity will pay no application fee.

will this replace the crb
Will this replace the CRB?
  • No – the ISA Scheme is a mandatory additionto current safeguarding systems, not a replacement.
  • Statutory requirements for CRB checks in certain sectors will remain.
  • The ISA will filter out those who pose an obvious risk.
  • ISA registration does not guarantee that an individual has a clean criminal record – but that it has been checked by the ISA, which does not consider it to mean the individual should be barred.
how it will work
How it will work?

Barring Routes:

  • Auto Bar –without representation
  • Auto Bar –with representation
  • Bar based on case assessment Barring criteria and risk assessment frameworks will be published.
how it will work operations
How it will work – Operations

The Criminal Records Bureauwill:

  • Receive applications to the scheme.
  • Gather and monitor informationfor the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
  • Administerautomatic inclusions on the list and cases where there is no information.
  • Provide the facility foronline checks and continuous updates.
what do i have to do next
What do I have to do next?
  • Keep in touch – our website ( will be frequently updated with advice & guidance.
  • Evaluate the impact – think about likely budgetary requirements, staff training needs & process updates.
  • Play your part - continue with best practice recruitment and employment procedures.