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Delay to new vetting system

27 March 2009 - 4:10pm

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 has announced a delay for registration. Frontline (18 March) reported concerns about how the agency will operate. Registration, costing £64 in England and Wales and £58 in Northern Ireland, was due start in October, when the ISA will come into effect.

Implementation on registration put back

Now the legal requirement for staff working with vulnerable groups to register and for employers to check their status will come into force in November 2010. The register will be in addition to the usual Criminal Records Bureau checks. While supporting the principle of protecting children and vulnerable adults the CSP, along with other trade unions and the TUC, expressed concerns regarding potential duplication of regulations and that the cost is to be met by the individual rather than the employer. A copy of the staff side principles drawn up by the CSP, in partnership with other trade unions, is available. CSP senior negotiating officer Elaine Sparkes said: 'Members now have more time before they have to register, and are advised to read up on the new ISA and to become familiar with the new safeguards and vetting procedures. The CSP will be updating members regularly on developments with the ISA as the deadline for registration approaches.'

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