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What is the vetting and barring scheme?

The Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) was created to help safeguard children and vulnerable adults.  It is the existing process for checking people who want to work frequently with children or vulnerable adults.


The recent government review of the Vetting and Barring Scheme in late 2010 concluded that the scheme is being scaled back to 'common-sense levels'.  The proposed changes should become law in early 2012.  In the meantime, the regulations introduced in October 2009 still apply.


If you are employed privately as a tutor, you don't need to register with the scheme as your lessons are a private arrangement.  For more information on the Vetting and Barring Scheme for private tutors, please visit the Home Office website.