Vetting and barring report and recommendations

The Government is reviewing the Vetting & Barring Scheme (VBS) to scale it back to common sense levels.

A report has been published on the review and draws on stakeholder consultation. It has concluded that employers have a critical role to play in ensuring safe recruiting practices but that this should be supported by a proportionate central barring scheme.

The VBS was created to help safeguard children and vulnerable adults following the Bichard Inquiry, and was designed to check the records of those who wanted to work with vulnerable groups.

People who wished to work or volunteer with children or vulnerable adults would have had to undergo a process before starting work whereby they would have information held on them assessed. If they were assessed to pose a risk of harm to vulnerable groups then they would be barred from working or volunteering with these groups.

You can download a copy of the report to read it in full.

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