CRB Application Process - Interim Arrangements

The voluntary registration of new employees and job-movers working or volunteering with children and vulnerable adults with the Vetting and Barring Scheme, which was due to start on 26 July, has been stopped.


The Vetting and Barring Scheme is designed to protect children and vulnerable adults by preventing those who pose a known risk from gaining access to them through their work. Existing arrangements under the Vetting and Barring Scheme will continue; these include the following:

  • Existing requirements concerning Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Access Northern Ireland checks will remain in place, and those entitled to such checks can continue to apply for them;
  • The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) which makes independent barring decisions will continue to maintain two constantly updated lists, one for those barred from working with children, the other for those barred from working with vulnerable adults; and
  • Employers are still legally obliged to refer information to the ISA if they have moved or removed an individual because they have harmed or there is a risk of harm to a member of a vulnerable group.

Although the full details still to be finalised:

  • It is business as usual for the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB);
  • The elements of the VBS put in place back in October 2009 continue; and
  • Existing requirements concerning CRB will remain in place, and those entitled to such checks can continue to apply for them.

Registered Bodies will have received an initial stock of new (purple) application forms in readiness for the planned launch of the ISA registration phase in July. In order to minimise disruption, the new (purple) application forms may be submitted from 28th June 2010. Applications made on the new form will be held unprocessed until 26 July at which point they will be processed in date received order.

More information and FAQs can be found on the Independent Safeguard Authority  website.

The above information has been compiled from the following websites:

Independent Safeguard Authority