The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 has introduced a number of changes to how those who work and volunteer with children and adults at risk are vetted.
Whilst some changes are already in place, others are awaiting further clarification before coming into effect in 2013 or 2014. The most significat changes that will have an effect in basketball are:
New definition of 'regulated activity'
Legal requirement to check the 'barred lists' for people in some roles
Single disclosures being sent to individuals only
Possibility of continuous updating of disclosures
Please see the page 'Further information' for more details on each on these changes.
On December 1st 2012, the CRB merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This has lead to a number of changes in terminology such as an 'enhanced CRB check' becoming known as a 'enhanced DBS check'.
Please note that it is still a legal requirement to refer an individual to be considered for 'barring' if they have been removed from regulated activity because they have caused harm or because they may cause harm to a child or an adult at risk. If you need any advice on this, please get in touch with England Basketball.