REC lobbying win
REC lobbying win on safe recruitment quick-checking facility
The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) has confirmed to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) that the current Protection of Vulnerable Adults Act (PoVA) First and List 99 quick-checking facilities will remain in place until July 2010, following the launch of the Vetting and Barring Scheme this October. This is a vital tool for recruiters who often need to place care workers or supply teachers safely at very short notice.
This confirmation comes after a ministerial commitment secured by the REC in April and follows intense lobbying by the REC in a series of consultations where the concerns of members in the REC Education, Childcare, Nursing and Social Care and Medical sectors were raised.
The ISA confirmed that List 99, the list currently checked by supply teaching agencies will be changed to the ISA Child Protection list from October this year. In addition the current Protection of Children Act list (PoCA), which previously had no quick checking facility, will be included as part of the ISA Child Protection list and allow recruiters who place childcare workers to check if work seekers are barred from working with children much more quickly.
Commenting on the lobbying win John Dunn, Chair of the REC Education sector group said: This is good news for the sector, members were somewhat bemused that following the change in start date of the ISA no thought had been given to how to carry on checking workers quickly. We are pleased the government has listened to representations made by the recruitment industry on this issue.
Judith Ivers, Chair of REC Childcare, stated her appreciation for the addition of the PoCA list: Very often our clients need childcare provision very quickly but until recently had to wait weeks until the CRB check had been processed. This change will increase the flexibility in the provision of childcare ahead of the ISA being launched.
The ISA also confirmed to the REC that the current PoVA First check will continue until July 2010. Commenting on this Peter Cullimore, Chair of the REC Nursing and Social Care group, said: This is a great lobby win for the REC. These quick check facilities are essential to the speedy delivery of care services. REC Nursing and Social Care will continue to work with the ISA to ensure that the new scheme allows agencies in our sector to undertake safe recruitment in a timely manner.