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At-a-glance: Vetting bill
Tighter vetting controls on people who want to work in schools have been announced. Here are the key changes outlined in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill.

    Total ban

  • All those convicted or cautioned for any sex offence against a child from now on to be banned from working with children

    Streamlined list

  • One list of all those barred from working with children - integrating current separate lists - held in one place

  • Employers will be able to make instant online checks through a "secure system" rather than use the current, paper-based process

  • They will be notified if any new information about their staff comes to light

    Decision-making

  • Ministers will no longer make the final decision on whether someone is suitable to work with children

  • This responsibility passes to an independent body, headed by the former chief executive of children's charity Barnardo's, Sir Roger Singleton

    Private tutors

  • For the first time, parents will be able to check that private tutors have not been barred

  • The checks, which will be made online, will also be available for care workers

    Employers' responsibilities

  • More onus on employers to make sure their staff are properly vetted

  • Jail terms or fines for employers if they are found to have hired people to work with children or vulnerable adults knowing they were barred from doing so

  • Five years in jail if evidence of serious collusion is found

  • Fines for employers of up to 5,000 if they hire someone who has not been through the vetting system or for failing to make a check of the system

  • Operators of internet chat rooms to face same responsibilities and penalties

    When?

  • No exact dates have been released by the Department for Education, but officials say the changes should come in from next year



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