Protection of Children Act 1999 Explanatory Notes

Department of Health “Consultancy Index List”

8.This list has been in operation in one form or another on an administrative basis for a number of years as a resource for identifying people unsuitable for employment with children in child care roles. With the exception of local authorities, in respect of whom guidance is currently in place requiring them to refer names and carry out checks before making an offer of employment, there has been no compulsion on employers to refer cases to it for inclusion, to consult it when making appointments, or to take any specific action in respect of job applicants found to be listed. Equally, there has been no formal recourse for appeal against inclusion by persons listed.

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