A Bill is making its way through parliament that will require employers to check whether individuals wanting to work with children and young adults have been screened by a centralised system that will build on the current Criminal Record Bureau checks. If an employer knowingly employs someone who is barred on the register, has not been through the necessary vetting procedure, or fails to check the register, there could be a 5-year prison sentence or fines of up to £5,000. The same sanctions will also apply to employees.
Employers will have instant online access to the system and if a current employee becomes barred, they will be notified if possible. The Bill is expected to be implemented in 2008.
The Bill can be accessed via: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200506/ldbills/079/2006079.pdf