Additional checks to the already required CRB checks to be phased in in 2010
Independent Safeguarding Authority to provide extra protection for children and vulnerable adults
From this October extra security will be in place as the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) will work alongside the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) to maintain lists of individuals suitable to work with children and vulnerable adults.
The inquiry following the murders of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells in 2002 recommended the need for a single agency to vet all individuals who want to work or volunteer with vulnerable people.
The ISA will assess individuals using data gathered by the CRB including relevant criminal convictions, cautions, police intelligence and other appropriate sources. The ISA will decide whether to give the individual concerned ISA registration or put them on one of the ISA Barred Lists.
What this will mean for your projects
From July 2010, when you recruit someone new to work with children or vulnerable adults you may check their ISA status. This will determine whether or not you can employ them (or take them on as volunteers), and may affect what activities they can undertake.
Registration and checking registered status will become mandatory for phased-in groups from November 2010.
It will be the responsibility of the employee to pass on any information about individuals who may pose a risk to vulnerable groups to the ISA.
Current employees, voluntary or paid for, who hold a current CRB clearance won’t have to register with the ISA straight away but will be invited to over the next 5 years dependant how long their CRB has to run.
For new employees: From July 2010 anyone starting a job or changing to a position that requires CRB clearance can apply for ISA registration direct or as part of their CRB application.
From November 2010, it will become a legal requirement for employees starting in a new role to register with the ISA and for employers to check their status against the two barred lists.
Once registered with the ISA, an individual will be monitored continuously and their current employer will be notified of any changes in their status. It will be the responsibility of the employee to pass on any information about individuals who may pose a risk to vulnerable groups to the ISA.
ISA registration will be part of the CRB application and will be £64 for paid staff or free of charge for volunteers.