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.
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, after considering CRB referrals.
Sponsored by the Home Office and supported by DCSF and DH.
“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.”
Once the Vetting & Barring Scheme (VBS) has been fully rolled out, it will be illegal 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.
Where there are reasons they should not work with children or vulnerable adults
Independent decision making
Continuous updating of status
Including workers from overseas
Involves contact with children or vulnerable adults and is:
No distinction made between paid and voluntary work.
Teaching, training or instruction, care or supervision of children or vulnerable adults
Advice or guidance for children. Advice, guidance or assistance for vulnerable adults
Any form of treatment or therapy provided to a child or vulnerable adult
Driving a vehicle which is being used only for the purpose of conveying children or vulnerable adults (Will include ambulance services)
Activity which involves on a regular basis the day to day management or supervision of a person carrying out the activities above is also regulated activity
childcare premises including nurseries
residential homes for children in care
children’s detention centres
adult care homes
In specified places even if you are not carrying out specified activity like treatment or care, you are engaged in regulated activity if you are carrying out work which gives you the opportunity of contact with vulnerable groups. This includes catering, cleaning, administrative and maintenance workers or contractors. Activity which involves on a regular basis the day to day management or supervision of a person carrying out the activities above is also covered
Child - a person under 18
Vulnerable adult - a person who has attained the age of 18, and
is receiving any form of health care
is receiving a service or participating in an activity which is specifically targeted at people with age-related needs, disabilities or prescribed physical or mental health conditions or expectant or nursing mothers living in residential care
age-related needs includes needs associated with frailty, illness, disability or mental capacity
More - see S59 of SVG Act
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.
TheIndependent Safeguarding Authority will inform professional/regulatory bodies if it bars someone, so that their professional registration can also be reviewed.
If an employee is dismissed or moved from regulated activity because of inappropriate behaviour towards a child or vulnerable adult this MUST be reported to the ISA.
If an employee under investigation for inappropriate behaviour resigns before a disciplinary investigation is complete this MUST be reported to the ISA.
This includes volunteers as well as paid staff
If employers have other concerns about an employee’s behaviour that don’t reach the mandatory benchmark they MAYbe reported to the ISA
If employers have serious concerns about other individuals who they are aware of but do not employ they MAY report these to the ISA
The ISA will consider all relevant information
Individuals in paid employment will pay £64 when applying for ISA registration.
There is no discount on 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.
The Criminal Records Bureau will:
Underpinned by need to be proportionate, fair, transparent, justifiable
Will not second guess courts or competent body findings
Did relevant conduct happen or is one of the ‘risk of harm’ categories satisfied? – facts must be proven on the balance of probabilities
Trained caseworkers & expert Board will make barring decisions
In most cases a right to representations / specialist referral – do these cast doubt on any findings on the facts or the assessment of risk?
Employee and employer informed of ISA registration or ‘minded to bar’ before barring takes place
An appeal process via the Care Standards Tribunal if a barring decision needs subsequent challenge
The status of individuals will be continuously updated on receipt of new information, such as new convictions or referrals from employers.
Employers will be notified, where they have registered an interest, if the status of their employee changes.
Scheme membership is transferable.
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