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Vetting and CRBs – the Freedoms Bill out today

11 February 2011

Eight months after announcing that a review of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and the CRB requirements would take place, the government looks set to announce its findings as part of the Freedoms Bill later today.

Current reports suggest that the ISA and CRB systems will be merged, the registration requirement will be scrapped completely and the requirement to vet casual volunteers will be scaled back considerably. The government has also reacted to the Court of Appeal decision in Desmond –v- Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire (2001) by confirming that CRB information is sent to the individual before the employer so that errors can be corrected.

As expected, the review looks set to focus only on the vetting requirements and ignore the barring powers of the ISA and the legal duty placed on those working with children and vulnerable adults to refer conduct to the ISA.

When the Bill is published later today we will have a better idea of where the scheme is going. As soon as we see it, we will provide further comment.

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