Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (SVG) (lead Dept – DHSSPS)

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups legislation came about as a result of the recommendations of the Bichard enquiry following the Soham murders.

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (NI) Order 2007 aims to prevent unsuitable people from working (either paid or unpaid) with children or vulnerable adult.  It does this by vetting all those who wish to do such work vulnerable groups and barring those where the information shows they pose a risk of harm.

Following a review of the Vetting and Barring Scheme in 2011, changes were made to the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (NI) Order 2007 by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Some of these changes came into operation on 10 September 2012.

DEL involvement

DEL is a Regulated Activity Provider as defined under the SVG legislation by virtue of the work of the Careers Service and possibly other strands of DEL business activity.

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