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Vetting and Barring scheme a major lobbying win for the industry, says REC

Vetting and Barring scheme a major lobbying win for the industry, says REC
The Government today announced its review into the Vetting and Barring scheme, pledging to scale back the system to "common sense levels".  The REC has welcomed the announcement. It is a major win for the industry and comes after years of intensive lobbying for a faster and more workable system for recruiters.
Reforms to the Vetting and Barring scheme that were confirmed this morning will include merging the criminal records body and independent safeguarding body into one a single checking service. This will facilitate the portability of CRB checks and reduce the categories of roles that will require checks. 
Commenting Tom Hadley, the REC's Director of Policy and Professional Services said:
"The REC has consistently lobbied the Government on the need for increased portability and for more streamlined procedures we are delighted that the Government has decided to follow these recommendations.  Safe recruitment must remain a priority and professional recruiters will continue to play a pivotal role by ensuring that the right checks take place. However, we also need a system that is workable and efficient. Today's announcement is a great result for the recruitment industry."
Also commenting, John Dunn, Chair of REC Education said:
"Increased portability is a major step forward for agencies providing supply teachers and a significant lobbying win.  This will strip away unnecessary bureaucracy, ending the convoluted process where candidates who work across a number of agencies were required to have multiple CRB checks.  We are also pleased to see that the review has accepted our advice to merge the provisions of the CRB with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.  This will make Vetting more robust, combining the responsibility of the disclosure of criminal records with the barring of candidates, to create a stronger system."

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