Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
This project was put on hold in March 2009 when the implementation of the new Vetting and Barring scheme (VBS) was delayed. Universities UK have produced an information document detailing their questions about the new ISA processes (August 2008). This was updated in January 2009 and in March 2009 when the implementation was delayed. Generic Guidance (13 October - 1-2009-104) and HE Sector Specific Guidance (6 October - 1-2009-101) was received in October 2009.
The legal requirement for employers to register with the VBS and for employers to check their status is not now due to come into force until November 2010.
This project encompasses two pieces of work:
CRB checks and the ISA (February - April 2009)
From 12 October 2009, individuals working/volunteering with children and/or vulnerable adults in a regulated activity will need to register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) with a one-off lifetime fee of £64, compared to the current cost of £31 to £36 for a CRB check. The new processes will supplement the current CRB process and will involve staff across several Services and Schools and a project is therefore required to bring together the relevant staff to agree and document the processes to be used.
The Project Proposal - CRB Checks and the ISA contains details of the scope and the context of this project.
Review and development of University policy (March - May 2009)
The Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DUIS) has produced Guidance for HEIs on Safeguarding Children (2007). Safeguarding children from harm plays an important part in the Government's "Every Child Matters" agenda and safeguarding is also relevant to meeting the duty of care that the University has towards children with whom it has contact. The guidance identifies the need for a written policy establishing sound practice and provides examples of areas of activity which should be considered. This project is needed to review the policy and procedures which we have in place in the light of a risk assessment covering all relevant areas of the University and its business. This will include considering appropriate procedures for responding to allegations and other disclosures. We currently have specific guidance covering taught programmes of study and a policy on Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults on Campus (2004), but the DUIS guidance identifies a much wider brief and will involve consultation with a range of staff and the Students Guild.
The Project Proposal - Policy Review contains details of the scope and the context of this project.
The investigation of University activities involving children and vulnerable adults has been completed - please see the Research Report.
The Universities and Colleges Employers Association have produced detailed guidance notes.