Child safety vetting scheme ‘to be scrapped’

A scheme for vetting people who work with children is to be scrapped, the government is preparing to announce.

The Daily Telegraph reports that following a review of the Vetting and Barring scheme, criminal record checks will only be carried out on those who have intensive contact with the young.

A potential 9m adults – who came into contact with children once a week or more – had been subject to checks.

Home Secretary Theresa May suspended it last June so a review could be held.

A Home Office spokesperson said an official announcement – which affects England, Wales and Northern Ireland – would be made shortly.

The previous government set up the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) in 2009 in response to the murders of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, in Soham in 2002, by school caretaker Ian Huntley.

Halting the initiative last summer the home secretary called it “draconian”, and the review was launched in October.

The Telegraph has reported that it will now be scaled back significantly – with half the number of people affected – and the emphasis will be shifted on to employers to ensure that the right staff are screened.

Source: BBC News

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cj - curious cat creative
    Feb 06, 2011 @ 10:00:54

    I’m assuming the only motivator here is to save money on admin. Terrible decision. 😦

    Reply

  2. Jennifer
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 11:52:54

    I was shocked to hear about this decision. Very bad news in my opinion.

    Reply

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