CRB Vetting & Barring Review

The Government recently commissioned a review to consider if there was a need to remodel the Vetting and Barring Scheme and the CRB process.  

Earlier this month (Feb 11) the government unveiled plans to scale back the vetting and barring scheme (VBS) and criminal records regime to levels it feels are more appropriate.  As part of the Protection of Freedoms Bill, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg announced that there will be a number of changes to simplify the vetting process for people working with children and vulnerable adults.

The proposals include:

merging the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority to form a streamlined new body providing a proportionate barring and criminal records checking service;
a large reduction in the number of positions requiring checks. Only those working closely and regularly with children and vulnerable adults will need them;
portability of criminal records checks between jobs to cut down on needless bureaucracy;
an end to a requirement for those working or volunteering with vulnerable groups to register with the VBS and then be continuously monitored;
stopping employers who knowingly request criminal records checks on individuals who are not entitled to them.
What will change and what will be kept?
a barring function will be maintained; 
the registration and monitoring requirements will be abolished;
the definition of ‘regulated activity’ will be redefined to determine who will be subject to CRB checks.

The government will also keep the scope of CRB checks under review to ensure they are not putting people off volunteering.

What do you need to do?

1.     Wait for further updates
The Protection of Freedoms Bill is expected to become law by early 2012.  England Hockey will keep you updated on any changes.

2.     Continue working with the England Hockey CRB process as usual
The Criminal Records Bureau is responsible for criminal records disclosures and you should continue working with the same procedures you have.

3.     Ensure you meet your legal obligations as an organisation under the current Vetting and Barring Scheme:
  • To refer information to England Hockey and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (England Hockey will advise on this process and in most cases will make the referral). If you dismiss an individual because they have caused harm or because they may have caused harm to a child or a vulnerable adult you are legally required to report it;
  • To not knowingly employ a barred person in ‘regulated activity’.

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