Minister commits to the future of safe recruitment ‘quick-checking’ facility
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has secured a vital assurance over access to so called ‘quick-check’ lists for its members in the Education, Childcare, Nursing and Social Care and Medical sectors.
In October this year, under the Vetting and Barring Scheme, the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) barred lists will replace the existing ‘quick-check’ lists used for safe recruitment. The vetting lists currently used are List 99 and PoVa First,. Both lists return a check on suitability to work with vulnerable groups within 48 hours - much faster than a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure.
This allows placement of temporary staff such as supply teachers and care workers to be done quickly and safely .
Following an announcement by the Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) that the current vetting lists would be abolished and registration under the new ISA lists would not commence until July 2010, the REC made clear representations to Government about the need to ensure either the extension or creation of quick check lists from October 2009.
In a letter to the REC, Baroness Morgan confirmed her commitment to replicating a 'quick check' service from October.
Commenting on the news that a ‘quick-check’ facility will be preserved, John Dunn, Chair of the REC's Education sector group said: “Currently, teachers can start to work on the basis of a clean List 99 check, as long as an enhanced CRB check is in progress. To drop access to List 99 before an alternative is in place will cause chaos and not allow us to place supply teachers at short notice when they are needed most - to cover last minute absences such as sickness. The removal of the quick check service would have also added significant costs to the recruitment sector at a time when they can least afford it.
“We are pleased that Baroness Morgan sees the necessity for a ‘quick-checking’ facility to be left in place during the phasing over period between October 2009 and July 2010 and will continue to work closely with the DCSF to ensure that the proposed new scheme is workable.”
The REC will now meet with the DCSF to iron out the details of the scheme. This follows on from a special meeting held between 140 members of the REC sector groups and a representative of the ISA, where key concerns of the recruitment industry were put across.