Changes to vetting and barring, and CRB checks

The vetting and barring scheme and CRB checks are being scaled back to “common sense levels”.  This follows the Government’s plan to reduce the burden on schools, colleges and universities whilst still ensuring a high standard of safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults.

Changes set out in the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 include:
The Criminal Records Bureau and the Independent Safeguarding Authority will be merged to form the Disclosure and Barring Service. The DBS will be operational from December 2012.
Changes which are specifically in relation to vetting and barring:

- there is a new definition of“regulated activity”, limiting  what will be classified as such;
- the controlled activity category will no longer exist; and
- registration and continuous monitoring will not be introduced as previously suggested.

A new test is to be applied by police before they can include information on an enhanced CRB check:
- CRB checks may be made on 16 year olds or older;
- a new test is to be applied by police before they include information on an enhanced   CRB check;
- CRB checks are to be provided to the applicant, rather than the employer, to give the  applicant the opportunity to check for and dispute any inaccuracies before the  certificate is disclosed to a prospective employer; and
- CRB certificates will be  continuously updated and transferable between employers.

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