The Sport and Recreation Alliance has been part of a coalition of organisations, including NSPCC, Action for Children, Barnardos, Children’s Society, Fairplay for Children, the National Childminding Association, The FA and the Scouts, that have been working together to influence the Government’s review of the Vetting and Barring Scheme.
We wrote to the Home Secretary asking that any revised vetting and barring arrangements should:
- be based on risk
- involve continuous monitoring of intelligence and convictions
- introduce minimal burdens on employees and volunteers, and the organisations that they work with, and
- be effectively communicated.
- ‘Regulated Activity’ will no longer cover 16/17 year olds. This has been identified as an area of concern and an area where clarity is needed if eligibility remains should a sport wish to conduct checks
- ‘Regulated Activity’ will no longer include any supervised teaching training or instruction. More clarity is needed on what is ‘supervised’ in a sporting context
- Only the applicant will receive the CRB disclosure. Clarity is needed on how the NGB will receive CRB information securely
- There will be a charge for updating information. Clarity is needed on how this will work for volunteers and whether volunteers will be able to get continuously updated and portable checks for free.
- Challenging the definition of regulated activity - particularly around 16-17 year olds; the precise definition of 'supervised' activity; and whether volunteers should be treated differently to paid staff.
- Seeking reassurance that there should be no costs on either checking, or updating CRB checks for volunteers.
- Working with government on the detailed guidance for organisations.