Scaled back vetting and barring scheme introduced

Implementation date: 10 September 2012

The vetting and barring scheme for individuals working with children and vulnerable adults is scaled back. The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 amends the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, including by repealing the concept of "controlled activity" and the provisions for monitoring persons engaged in a regulated activity. It maintains a barring scheme but redefines the activities to which the scheme applies. It also makes changes relating to criminal records certificates. Changes to disclosure and barring: what you need to know (PDF format, 215K) is available on the Home Office website, and the relevant legislation is available on the UK legislation website:

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