The Regulations make amendments to various regulations made under four Education Acts to reflect the transition from requirements to obtain information as to whether or not a person is barred from working with children under existing barring schemes to the centralised vetting system introduced under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.
The Regulations make amendments to existing Regulations made under the Care Standards Act 2000 and the Adoption and Children Act 2002, to reflect the transition from current schemes for barring persons from working with children and vulnerable adults to lists of persons barred from working with children and vulnerable adults under the new centralised vetting system.
The Regulations amend the purposes for which an application for an enhanced criminal records certificate can be made, to enable certificates to be sought for individuals undertaking regulated activities relating to children or vulnerable adults under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.
The Order provides that a person with any of the learning difficulties specified in the Order is not to be treated as a vulnerable adult under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 if that person is receiving a service or engaging in an activity that is being provided specifically for persons with those learning difficulties.
The Regulations allow the Chief Constable to determine the matters that may be taken into account in deciding the suitability of applicants under part 2 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2003. Part 2 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2003 allows the Chief Constable to designate members of the police support staff (and employees of contractors) as officers who may carry out certain functions with certain police powers.
The Order provides that, when a criminal records disclosure application is submitted electronically to the Criminal Records Bureau, it is to be treated as though it is made on the paper application form already prescribed and must be submitted in accordance with conditions and requirements determined by the Secretary of State.
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