School vetting controls tightened

PEOPLE who are a danger to children will soon find it even harder to get jobs working with them, thanks to tougher official controls. A single list of people banned from working with kids in England and Wales will be brought in under a bill called Safegua

PEOPLE who are a danger to children will soon find it even harder to get jobs working with them, thanks to tougher official controls.

A single list of people banned from working with kids in England and Wales will be brought in under a bill called Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups.

The legislation will also mean parents can check up on barred private tutors or nannies.

Employers who hire un-vetted staff could face £5,000 fines or jail.


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Education Secretary Ruth Kelly said: "Today's bill will introduce a 21st century approach to the protection of children and vulnerable adults.

"It will fundamentally reform and rebalance vetting procedures so that the safety of children and other vulnerable people is unequivocally the first priority."

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The bill will allow employers to make secure, online checks on the records of up to eight million people who work with children.

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