Vetting and Barring Scheme Halted

25th June 2010
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Vetting and Barring Scheme Halted

Very recently the Government has announced that it will halt registration with the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) in response to criticism that the scheme is disproportionate, overly burdensome and unduly infringes on civil liberties.  Voluntary registration with the VBS for new employees and job movers working or volunteering with children and vulnerable adults was due to start on 26th July 2010, with compulsory registration to follow in November 2010.  The VBS is now being reviewed by the Government to see if it can be done at ‘proportionate, common sense levels’.

The VBS is intended to protect children and vulnerable adults by stopping those who pose a known risk from working with them.  The following requirements still remain in force, which came into effect from October 2009:-

(i)              It is a criminal offence for barred individuals to work with children or vulnerable adults in a wider range of posts than previously.  Employers also face criminal prosecution for knowingly employing a barred individual in such circumstances;

(ii)            There are two barring lists administered by the Independent Safeguarding Authority, which can be checked as part of an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Check.

(iii)          Additional jobs and voluntary positions are covered by the barring arrangements; and

(iv)          Employers, Local Authority’s, professional regulators and inspection bodies have a duty to refer to the ISA any information on an individual working with children or vulnerable adults where they consider them to have caused harm or pose a risk.

For more information on this scheme please call Daven Naghen on 01775 722261 or email daven.naghen@maplesolicitors.com.


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Dementia Friends

Maples Solicitors are proud to announce that they have now joined to become Dementia Friends which is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative.

The private client department of Maples Solicitors prepare Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney on a regular basis and this often involves dealing with clients who are suffering from dementia. The private client team pride themselves on spending as much time as is necessary to assist all of their clients, but those suffering from dementia often require additional assistance and time to ensure that they have fully understood the legal documentation that they are creating. The private client department are regularly complimented on the way they deal with such clients, whether this be explaining things to them in a clear and uncomplicated manner, spending time with them or putting them at ease.

It is a misconception that anyone suffering from dementia cannot make a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney. Only if someone lacks sufficient mental capacity are they unable to make such a document. It is therefore vitally important upon any diagnosis of dementia that legal advice is taken as soon as possible to make sure that your affairs are in order so that it is easier for your family to deal with your affairs if you are unable to do so yourself.

To become Dementia Friends, Maples Solicitors have pledged to develop their understanding of dementia and continue assisting clients suffering from dementia with their legal affairs in a respectful, friendly and efficient way that is not daunting making the process as easy as possible.

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