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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

October 9, 2009: New Vetting Scheme

Children and vulnerable adults will now be better protected under the new vetting and barring scheme (VBS). The scheme is one of the government's key responses to the Bichard inquiry, which followed the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman by Ian Huntley. The inquiry recommended a new scheme that would make sure everyone who works with children and vulnerable adults is checked and registered.

It will be implemented by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), organisations which are sponsored by the Home Office.

Some of the key changes under the scheme include:

  • it is now a criminal offence for individuals barred by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to work or apply to work with children or vulnerable adults in a wide range of posts
  • employers face criminal sanctions for knowingly employing someone who has been barred
  • new jobs and voluntary positions will be covered by the scheme, including moderators of children’s internet chat rooms and a large number of NHS and prison service staff
  • employers, local authorities, professional regulators and other bodies have a duty to give the ISA any information about why they stopped people working with children or vulnerable adults where they consider them to have caused harm or pose a risk of harm.

The scheme has also reduced the number of barred lists from three to two. In place of three separate barred lists, the ISA will manage one list for children and one for vulnerable adults. From now on, checks of these two lists can be made as part of an enhanced CRB check.

Home Office Minister David Hanson said that the scheme was a ‘common sense approach.’ He said:

'The new scheme means greater assurance that anyone who regularly works or volunteers with children or vulnerable adults will be appropriate to do so. We believe this is a common sense approach, and what the public would rightly expect