There has been some confusion over the media coverage in the autumn last year about when the Vetting and Barring Scheme will require people to register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has produced guidance clarifying when a person does not have to register with the ISA regarding personal and family arrangements, and also sets out other exemptions from the new Vetting and Barring Scheme.

The key principles that govern when the scheme does not come into play are as follows.

  • where an arrangement is a family arrangement;
  • where an arrangement is made personally between friends, and is not on a commercial basis;
  • where an activity is not a ”regulated activity”, because it is not:
    • an activity specified by the scheme;
    • work for an organisation specified by the scheme; or
    • a post specified by the scheme.
  • where an activity is exempt from the scheme. Whether the scheme’s requirement to register with the ISA will apply depends in particular on two key principles, if an activity is arranged by an organisation (as opposed to being a private arrangement) and if that activity is ”frequent or intensive”.

More information can be found on the DCSF website which can be accessed here