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Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

Section 5: Regulated activity

41.Section 5 provides that regulated activity relating to children and vulnerable adults is as set out in Schedule 4 to the Act. Broadly speaking, regulated activity includes work (paid and unpaid) which involves certain close contact with children or vulnerable adults. Subsequent sections create a series of offences in relation to regulated activity. So, for example, an individual commits an offence if he engages in regulated activity whilst barred. Other offences relate to the person who permits an individual to engage in regulated activity. For example, an employer may be guilty of an offence if he fails to carry out appropriate checks before permitting an employee to engage in regulated activity.

42.The section allows the Secretary of State to amend the definition of regulated activity by order under the affirmative resolution procedure. Elsewhere in the Act the definition of regulated activity is modified for the purposes of particular provisions so that the frequency of an activity is irrelevant. The power to amend the definition of regulated activity includes the power to amend these modifications.

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