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All organisations in England that work with or provide services for children and families have a duty to protect their welfare. From 1 January 2010 it has been a legal requirement that recruitment panels appointing paid school staff and volunteers into the children and families workforce should include at least one person who has been trained in safer recruitment. Ofsted will request evidence that each recruitment panel meets this requirement as part of their inspections.
In July 2010, the Home Secretary halted further roll out of the Vetting and Barring Scheme and initiated a review. In February 2011, the recommendations from the review, including the scrapping of registration and monitoring of individuals by the Scheme, formed part of the Protection of Freedoms Bill, which is expected to receive royal assent in 2012. Until the proposed changes become law, the current safer recruitment training is still valid and the pre-recruitment checks should continue. Revised guidance will be issued before any amendments come into force.
Additionally, there has been no change to the current legal duty to refer relevant safeguarding information to the Independent Safeguarding Authority, when a person has been moved or removed by an employer because of the harm they have caused to a child or the risk of harm to a child.
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The Children's Society helps children and young people in the UK who struggle to cope with the pressures of everyday life and are unable to find the support they need anywhere else.
This service provides schools in England with a streamlined process for recruiting all permanent, part-time and contract school staff. It also manages the application process for those applying for jobs.
The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) helps prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults.
Ofsted is responsible for the inspection and regulation of schools and colleges, early years provision, childcare and children's social care in England.
The Safe Network provides safeguarding information related to activities outside the home – from after school art clubs to weekend reading groups.
Action for Children supports and speaks out for the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people in the UK.
Barnardo's believes they can bring out the best in every child.
The Charity Commission aims to increase public trust and confidence in charities.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has one aim to end cruelty to children.