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REC to meet with the Home Office

REC to meet with the Home Office to make case for recruitment agencies over Vetting and Barring scheme changes.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) today welcomed the Home Offices invitation to play a leading role in the consultation into reform of the Vetting and Barring scheme.

The Home Office recently announced that it was to fully review the Vetting and Barring scheme, seeking to bring the impact of the scheme back to common sense levels. To achieve this, the Home Office is set to consult key stakeholders - a process through which the REC will make the case for the recruitment industry.

Commenting on the Red's role, Tom Hadley, Director of Policy and Professional Services said:

We are pleased to accept the invitation from the Home Office to take a leading part in reviewing the Vetting and Barring Scheme and the current Criminal Records regime. Whilst it is crucial to ensure that a robust safeguarding system is in place to protect the most vulnerable in society, we must ensure that the system works on the ground and that unnecessary burdens and delays are stripped away.

New arrangements must take into account different types of working arrangements to ensure that those who work with multiple employers, often providing essential front line services, are not unfairly burdened with the administration and cost of multiple checks. The new system must be streamlined to provide a proportionate and efficient means of preventing unsuitable people from working with the vulnerable and must include reforms to the Ofsted voluntary register of Nannies, which has proved inadequate in safeguarding standards.

The REC will continue to work with the Home Office to realise these aims through representing the views and concerns of the recruitment industry.

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