Vetting and Barring Scheme
The Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) was created in response to recommendations in the Bichard Inquiry arising from the Soham murders. It was formally launched in October 2009. Prior to 1st December 2012, it was administered by the Independent Safeguarding Authority. Since that date, it has been administered by the Disclosure and Barring Service. The Disclosure and Barring Service holds two Barred Lists (separate lists for Children and Vulnerable Adults) which replace List 99 and the PoCA/PoVA Lists. Under the VBS, any person barred from working with children or Vulnerable Adults is breaking the law if they work or volunteer, or try to work or volunteer with those groups. An organisation which knowingly employs someone who is barred to work with those groups will also be breaking the law. If an organisation works with children or Vulnerable Adults and dismisses a member of staff or volunteer because they have harmed a child or Vulnerable Adult, or would have done so if they had not left, the employer must inform the Disclosure and Barring Service.
The proposed implementation (from July 2010) of the requirement for individuals applying to work or volunteer with children or Vulnerable Adults to be registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority was halted by the coalition government, who conducted a review of the VBS. This review has been completed and the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 provides for the scaling down of the VBS. This includes a narrowing of the definition of Regulated Activity and the deletion of the term Controlled Activity. The Act also provides for the merging of the ISA with the Criminal Records Bureau to form , the Disclosure and Barring Service.
For additional information see the Disclosure and Barring Service.