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Delay on new protection register

Physiotherapists have more time to register with a new body set up to strengthen the protection of children and vulnerable adults. The Independent Safeguarding Authority, which comes into force in October this year, has announced a delay for individuals to apply for registration.

Now the legal requirement for new employees, and those moving jobs, working with vulnerable groups to register and for employers to check their status will come into

force in November 2010. Existing staff will be phased in by 2015. The register will be in addition to the usual Criminal Records Bureau checks.

Registration, costing #64 in England and Wales and #58 in Northern Ireland, was due to start in October this year. Trade unions, including the CSP, have expressed concerns about how the agency will operate (Frontline, 18 March 2009).

The unions support the principle of protection, but do not want a duplication of regulatory systems or registration costs to fall on individuals.

CSP senior negotiating officer Elaine Sparkes said there was still much uncertainty around the new system but the delay would give the Society more time to lobby around the payment and other issues. However, she said the ISA itself would still operate from October so members needed to become familiar with the procedures.

A document setting out staff side principles with regard to the ISA can be seen at www.csp.org.uk

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