The main changes are that there will be no requirement to ‘register’ under the scheme; there will be a minimum age of 16 for a Criminal Records Bureau check; and the definition of a ‘regulated activity’ will be amended.
The new definition of a regulated activity relating to children will cover:
The new definition of a regulated activity in relation to adults will no longer label adults as ‘vulnerable’. Instead, the definition identifies the activities which, if any adult requires them, lead to that adult being considered vulnerable at that particular time. This means that, as in Scotland, the focus is on the activities required by the adult and not on the setting in which the activity is received, nor on the personal characteristics or circumstances of the adult receiving the activities.
There will be six categories of people who will fall within the definition of those carrying out a regulated activity in relation to adults (as will anyone who provides day to day management or supervision of these people):
Note that there will no longer be a requirement for a person to carry out these activities at a certain frequency before they are engaging in a regulated activity.
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