Having spent the best part of a weekend trying to understand the latest ISA “Guidance” document and update the appropriate chapter for the Ops Manual the news today that the government have halted progress of the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) was greeted with mixed feelings!
The VBS will now be reviewed and the need for new volunteers to register from Nov of this year is no more. Further information will appear here as we know more. However, do remember that certain bits of associated legislation introduced in Oct 09 remain in force. In particular :-
A person who is barred from working with children or vulnerable adults will be breaking the law if they work or volunteer, or try to work or volunteer with those groups.
If Remap knowingly employs someone who is barred to work with those groups we will also be breaking the law.
If Remap dismisses a volunteer (or they leave) because they have harmed a child or vulnerable adult we must tell the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
It is also still possible for local authorities to insist upon CRB checks being carried out on Panel members if the Panel does work for the LA or accepts grants from it. They shouldn’t, as Remap work is not a “Regulated Activity” as defined by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. However, some do.