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Explanatory Memorandum to Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults(Northern Ireland) Order 2003


It is intended that the Order will strengthen existing arrangements, known as the Pre-Employment Consultancy Service (PECS), under which checks are carried out as to the suitability of those seeking work with children or adults with a learning disability.  In broad terms the Order provides an equivalent to the Protection of Children Act 1999, Part VII of the Care Standards Act 2000 and provisions equivalent to some of those in the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 in relation to the protection of children.  Part I of the Order is introductory.  Parts II and III deal with the protection of children and vulnerable adults respectively.

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