Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults – implications for care providers
By LINDA CONVERY, partner in the property, housing and construction team at Lewis Silkin LLP
The aim of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act is to prevent unsuitable people working with children and vulnerable adults by introducing a number of measures to centralise and improve the screening process of those wishing to work in this area. It will have significant implications for the way organisations providing services to vulnerable groups deal with employment, procurement and data protection.
The Act emerged from the recommendations of the Bichard Inquiry, which was commis�sioned following the tragic murders of 10-year-olds Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells by school caretaker Ian Huntley in 2002.
The inquiry criticised the lack of a coherent and centralised system of storing information about people considered unsuitable for working with children and vulnerable adults. It urged a reform in the law to require those working with vulnerable groups to register themselves and to be vetted to ensure there was no known reason why they were not suitable for working with these c