To update the committee on the status of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) – Vetting and Barring Scheme
The Human Resources Manager: Social Care and Learning introduced the report, explaining that this issue had been brought to an earlier meeting of the sub-committee, and this was just an update, although there had been little change since the last meeting. He drew attention to paragraph 4.8 reminding the meeting that all school staff would have to be registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) because their work was classed as Regulated Activity. Registration would begin in July 2010 for newly appointed employees, and from November 2010 would become mandatory for new workers or those moving to new jobs. For those who were already employed, the registration process would begin in April 2011.
Members of governing bodies of schools and those who were involved in activities with children would need to be CRB checked as well as being registered with ISA. This checking was part of the Safer Recruitment training, and was a statutory requirement for Headteachers and Governors. A fee of £64 was payable by the Council for registration with ISA, but would be waived for Governors as their role was voluntary.
The sub-committee RESOLVED to note the report.