News: Vetting & Barring Change

The Government has reversed its decision to reduce the age limit for the application of vetting and barring arrangements. The Coalition has originally planned to exclude those working only with sixteen and seventeen year olds but has now added an amendment to the Protection of Freedoms Bill to keep the current cut off age of eighteen. This followed discussion with the NSPCC and other children’s charities.

Andrew Flanagan, chief executive of the NSPCC, said: "Young people can be particularly vulnerable to grooming and abuse from adults who work with them and wish to develop inappropriate relationships. Therefore it is important that adults working closely with these young people are subject to robust checks."

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