14th February 2011


 Issue No.  2011/03




On 11th February 2011 the Government published the findings of its Review into the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS).
Key recommendations from the VBS Review include: 
  • the merging of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to form a streamlined new body providing a proportionate barring and criminal records checking service; 
  • a large reduction of the number of positions requiring checks to just those working most closely and regularly with children and vulnerable adults;
  • portability of criminal records checks between jobs to cut down on needless bureaucracy;
  • an end to a requirement for those working or volunteering with vulnerable groups to register with the VBS; and
  • stopping employers who knowingly request criminal records checks on individuals who are not entitled to them.
Until all the appropriate legislation has been introduced and the new arrangements are established, the existing responsibilities of employers and the ISA will remain.
On the same date the Government also announced an array of reforms in the Protection of Freedoms Bill with the aim of gaining Royal Assent by late 2011 or early 2012.
The press release lists a number of sweeping reforms affecting many areas of life in general.  Of interest, in light of the above comments, is the likely inclusion of an end to the routine monitoring of 9.3 million people under the radically reformed vetting and barring scheme.
In reality the current ISA arrangements will remain in force for the next 12 months with the changes linked to the above not being likely until early 2012.





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