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The Vetting and Barring Scheme

The Vetting and Barring Scheme
 
The Vetting and Barring Scheme aims to protect children and vulnerable adults by requiring any worker in frequent or intensive contact with either of these vulnerable groups, some nine million people, to register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority, those not on the register are barred from these activities. 
 
Following today's announcement on the reduction of the number of people needing to be checked on the new Vetting and Barring Scheme, Anne Fairweather, Head of Public Policy at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation said:
 
We are pleased to see that less people will be checked on the scheme as a result of these changes. Our recruitment agency members were concerned that people engaged on very short contracts in schools and hospitals would not want to spend the 64 fee to be registered with the new scheme. This could have led to difficulties around supplying staff for maintenance services such as building contractors.
 
Now that these changes have been made it is vital that there is clear guidance for all concerned before the scheme goes live in July. No vetting scheme will work unless the duties under the scheme are fully understood by employers, recruitment agencies and workers alike. These duties need to be communicated clearly and we remain concerned that recent developments may have confused rather than clarified the situation.
 

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