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Changes to Vetting and Barring (safeguarding checks)

From the 10th September 2012 some changes will come into effect including a change of terminology. This is now referred to as Disclosure and Barring.

Posted: 07/12/2012

Major changes in September 2012

• New definition of regulated activity

• Repeal of controlled activity

• Repeal of registration and continuous monitoring

• Repeal of additional information

• Minimum age (16) at which someone can apply for a CRB check

• More rigorous ‘relevancy’ test for when the police release information held locally on an enhanced CRB check

The provisions also mean that the services of the Criminal Records Bureau and Independent Safeguarding Authority will be merged and a single, new non-departmental public body created. The new organisation will be called the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The planned operational date for the DBS is December 2012.

More information is available in our advice section under safeguarding where you can also download relevant leaflets. Jane Hendrie attended a Government Disclosure and Barring ‘Roadshow’ so if you are still uncertain how the changes affect you please get in touch.

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