Cfe faces a formidable barrier

16th March 2012 at 00:00

Following your 2 March article "Beware teachers who fall through the regulatory net" and in particular the comment that: "The big concern we would have is that if there is no requirement on an employer or head to make a referral, a teacher who resigned in mid-disciplinary process could simply slip under the net and go somewhere else", I thought you would welcome additional clarity on the role of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Employers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are under a legal duty to refer relevant safeguarding information to the ISA. If, for example, through a school's disciplinary process, a head determines that a teacher has harmed a child (or there was risk of harm), they must by law refer the person to the ISA for us to decide whether the person should be barred from working (or volunteering) across the sector.

A person who has been barred by the ISA from workingvolunteering with children andor vulnerable adults will also have their bar recognised in Scotland under the Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme. Therefore a teacher who has been barred from working with children andor vulnerable adults in England is breaking the law if they work (or seek to work) with these groups in Scotland. An organisation that knowingly employs someone who is barred is also breaking the law.

Adrian McAllister, chief executive, Independent Safeguarding Authority.

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