Legislation / Legal
ISA: A year after the Darlington-based Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) began advising Government Ministers on who should be barred from working with children & vulnerable adults, the organisation is gearing itself up for its pivotal role in the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS). The Scheme covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
On 12 October 2009 - the ISA's responsibilities for barring individuals who pose a known risk from working or volunteering with children and vulnerable adults will be further strengthened as more sectors - such as the NHS and the Prison Service - will come under the Scheme and new criminal offences will come into force.
While the ISA is presently making decisions based on the current legislation, it is also ensuring that both the right people & systems are in place for all phases of the Scheme: the October roll-out, July 2010 when those covered by the Scheme can apply and the November 2010 date when those covered by the Scheme must apply.