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Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

Section 7: Barred person not to engage in regulated activity

53.This section makes it an offence for a barred person to engage in regulated activity, or seek or offer to engage in regulated activity.

54.Subsection (3) provides a defence if the person can prove that he did not know, and could not reasonably be expected to know, that he was barred. A person who, for example, could not be contacted by IBB either when it was considering whether to include him in the list (so as to give him an opportunity to make representations) or when it made known its barring decision might benefit from this defence.

55.Subsection (4) does specify one type of exceptional situation where a person who knows he is barred is able to engage in regulated activity. This is where he reasonably thinks that it is necessary to do so in order to prevent harm coming to a child or vulnerable adult, where he reasonably thinks that there was no-one else around who could engage in the activity for that purpose and he engages in the activity for the shortest amount of time necessary. This would cover a barred doctor providing first aid to a child who had an accident in the street.

56.Subsection (5) modifies the definition of regulated activity for the purposes of section 7. It disapplies the requirements about frequency and the period condition. This means that for the purposes of this section a relevant activity will be regulated activity even if it is carried out once only. So, for example, a person who is barred from regulated activity relating to children will commit an offence if he supervises children on a single occasion.

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