Vetting and Barring

The Ann Craft Trust is committed to ensuring that potential abusers are prevented from working with children and vulnerable adults. A key part of such prevention is effective and proportionate vetting and barring measures. It is vitally important that those who have been found to have abused children and vulnerable adults are barred from working with these groups. It is equally important that vetting identifies those who may be a risk to children and adults at risk and provides employers with the information they need to assess risk.

The Ann Craft Trust is active in ensuring the effectiveness of vetting and barring measures. We lobbied for protections in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill that recognised that those who abuse children may abuse adults and vice versa. We very much welcome the introduction of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and have provided advice on its implementation.

Our responses to consultations on the implementation of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act can be downloaded below.

Barring consultation - Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 / Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (Northern Ireland) Order 2007

Independent Safeguarding Authority consultation

We have also offered suggestions on the implementation of the equivalent Scottish legislation, including the following consultation response: Implementation of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill consultation

In addition, we have warned the government about the need to ensure effective safeguarding measures are in place to support the extension of direct payments to people lacking mental capacity.

For information on Ann Craft Trust training on safeguarding, please click here.