Vetting system to be reformed

first_imgVetting system to be reformedOn 1 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The system of vetting candidates who will be working with children orvulnerable adults is set for further reform following the publication of areport into the deaths of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells. The Bichard Report, which investigated the events leading up to the murders,has made a series of recommendations on changes that should be made to vettingand recruitment. Sir Michael Bichard called for a national registration system for thoseworking with children and other vulnerable groups such as the elderly. The system could be established as early as next year after the reportidentified fundamental failings in the way data on convicted murderer IanHuntley was handled. The report called for a national intelligence system that would enableagencies to share and act on information on individuals that might pose athreat. It said there should also be greater training for people who recruitstaff to schools to safeguard children from potential threats. Home secretary David Blunkett promised to urgently consider Bichard’srecommendations, specifically the registration scheme for those working withvulnerable groups. He pledged to look at the possibility of bringing togetherall the relevant information held on individuals in a way that could operatealongside the existing Criminal Records Bureau service. “The report uncovers serious failures in recording and managinginformation, including local systems for recording, retaining and accessingdata. The Government accepts the main recommendations and will act on themimmediately,” he said. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img

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