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New Vetting and Barring Scheme scaled back

 
HR News |  16/12/2009
New Vetting and Barring Scheme scaled backHR professionals will now be expected to perform background checking on a narrower range of job candidates after changes were made to the government's new Vetting and Barring Scheme.

Under the regime, which comes into force in July 2010, any individual likely to come into "frequent" or "intensive" contact with children or vulnerable adults must register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

Anne Fairweather, head of public policy at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), said limiting the scope of the scheme could prove positive from a HR recruitment perspective.

She stated: "Our recruitment agency members were concerned that people engaged on very short contracts... would not want to spend the £64 fee to be registered with the new scheme."

Clear guidance is needed before it goes live next summer, Ms Fairweather stated, claiming that in order to work, the scheme must be "fully understood" by employers, recruitment agencies and workers.

Earlier this month, the REC reported that HR professionals must work alongside recruiters to find suitable candidates for job vacancies.

Posted by Stephen Wilkinson

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