New pupil-safety watchdog to vet 11.3 million adults

2nd May 2008 at 01:00
In September 2009, the new Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) will become responsible for vetting the 11
In September 2009, the new Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) will become responsible for vetting the 11.3 million people who work with children and vulnerable adults.

The new overarching service will be in charge of maintaining List 99 - the register of adults banned from working in schools - and two other blacklists.

The authority's decisions on whether to ban people from working in the classroom will be informed by information from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

A key aspect of the new system will be that when new information becomes available on a registered member of the workforce, the authority will automatically be informed and employers updated.

The authority claims that it will reduce bureaucracy by allowing employers to check the status of registered workers online.

Schools will need to pay pound;28 to register a teacher with the authority and pound;36 for each enhanced CRB check.

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