On 20 January the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) became responsible for barring decisions on new referrals under the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA), Protection of Children Act (POCA) and List 99 (individuals who are barred from working with children in the education sector) regimes. It has decided that the practice of provisionally listing employees on the POVA and POCA lists will end with effect from 20 January.


As new referrals will no longer be considered for provisional listing the responsibility will now be on employers to check a job applicant's previous employment history and references.

The ISA suggest that prospective employers check with an applicant's most recent employer as to whether any referrals have been made. Any new referrals employers make after the 20 January must now be made to the ISA and not the Department for Children's Schools and Families (DCSF).


The ISA is a non departmental public body which was established as a result of the Bichard enquiry following the Soham murders.

Its responsibility from 20 January for barring decisions in respect of List 99, POCA and POVA listing regimes is part of a transition to the new Vetting and Barring Scheme.

From 20 January 2009:

  • New referrals to List 99, POVA and POCA must be made to the ISA and not the DCSF.
  • New referrals will no longer be considered for provisional listing on the POVA or POCA lists.
  • Professional misconduct referrals on teachers (apart from those which are child protection related) must now go to the Teaching Council.

From October 2009:

  • New job applicants need to apply for ISA registration.
  • Employers who work with children and vulnerable adults will be unable to recruit workers who are not ISA registered.