The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) was created by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. Its purpose is to bring together all the lists of people barred or banned from working with children and vulnerable adults.
The ISA provides a centralised system for checking applicants before they enter paid or voluntary employment. They aim to prevent those who are known to present a risk from these roles. They also aim to detect early those who become a risk.
The scheme comes into force from October 12th 2009 and the ISA will concentrate on new applicants in the first six months. They will then assess all employees in conjunction with the Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure (CRB) Renewal.
To knowingly employ a person who is barred will result in a £5,000 fine.
For more information
For more information about the Independent Safeguarding Authority go to their website.