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Documentation on equal opportunity policy and age discrimination legislation.

Working with children and vulnerable adults

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was formed in December 2012 to help employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaced the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

The Government also changed the requirements for CRB checks to reflect changes brought about by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. The impact is that for disclosure and barring purposes a CRB check is only required when working in regulated activities with children or with adults.

For children, ‘regulated activity’ is (1) working in an unsupervised capacity with children on some premises (such as schools) and (2) providing personal physical or health care.

For adults ‘regulated activity’ is primarily concerned with personal physical or health care.

With these changes the previous definitions or frequency and intensity are no longer relevant: the only relevant factor is whether or not the activity is a regulated activity (regardless of frequency or intensity).

Clearly Qualification Consultants activities do not involve them in regulated activities either with children or vulnerable adults. Moreover City & Guilds require that, during their visits, Qualification Consultants should always be accompanied by a member of staff of the centre. Therefore Qualification Consultants are not required to undertake CRB checks and consequently they do not have to agree to centre requests for CRB related checks.

Please refer to the Disclosure and Barring Service’s guide to eligibility for criminal record checks for more information.

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