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ISA - Misconceptions

The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have issued a "mythbusters" notice on their website which addresses some of the common misconceptions of the scheme.

Visit their website for this notice and full information about the Vetting & Barring Scheme.  ISA confirms that:

  • their role is to make the barring decisions and place individuals on the Children’s Barred List or the Vulnerable Adult’s Barred List, or both.
  • the Criminal Records Bureau and handling the application process for ISA-Registration.
  • ISA will only assess people referred on the grounds that they pose a possible risk of harm to vulnerable groups (small percent of those working in regulated activity).
  • people barred from working with children and vulnerable adults will be advised of the reasons why and have access to the information upon which the decision is based.  In many cases people will be able to make representations to ISA before the final decision is made.

ISA-Registration for the Vetting and Barring Scheme doesn't come into force for new workers or those moving jobs until July 2010 is not mandatory for these workers until November 2010.  All existing staff will be phased into the scheme from 2011.

There is a Vetting and Barring Scheme contact centre if you have any questions - tel 0300 123 1111.

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