The Independent Safeguarding Authority and the new Vetting and Barring Scheme

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The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) was created following the recommendations of the Bichard Enquiry, which was set up in response to the Soham murders in 2002.

The new Vetting and Barring Scheme will aim to help organisations increase their protection of children and vulnerable adults, by improving the current provisions for screening both potential and current volunteers and employees.

This Information Briefing examines the situation so far and highlights issues of relevance to volunteer-involving organisations.

Further information can be found on the ISA website at: and specific questions about the operation of the Vetting and Barring Scheme should initially be directed to the ISA via the telephone and email contact details on their website.



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