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Vetting: Voluntary Work

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of the introduction of the Independent Safeguarding Authority on trends in the levels of volunteering in sport; and if she will make a statement. (272405)

There is no reason to believe that the work of the ISA will have an adverse impact on volunteering. A single form will be available for applications to the new Vetting and Barring Scheme and for Criminal Records Bureau disclosures, and a single fee charged where applications are made at the same time. Applications will be free of charge to unpaid volunteers.

The regulatory impact assessment for the Scheme indicated that there would be some additional cost to volunteer organisers arising from the processing of applications by CRB-registered or umbrella bodies, some of whom charge a fee, but this is mitigated by the availability of a free on-line check to employers and users of volunteers once an individual is registered with the scheme.

Government recognise the vital role volunteers have in delivering sports activities. The Home Office, Department for Children, Schools and Families and Department of Health have been working with stakeholders, including sports and voluntary sector bodies and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to ensure that their interests and concerns are reflected within the new scheme.

Part of this work will include issuing sector specific guidance.