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Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

Section 9: Use of barred person for regulated activity

65.This section makes it an offence for any person to permit an individual to engage in regulated activity if he knows or has reason to believe that the individual is barred from that activity and the person engages in the activity. Subsection (5) makes similar modifications to the definition of regulated activity as are made by section 7(5). So even where the regulated activity is taking place occasionally or for a short period of time, the person giving permission would commit an offence. There is a similar offence in respect of a personnel supplier (defined in section 60) who supplies an individual for regulated activity.

66.Subsection (4) provides a defence where it is necessary for an employer to permit a barred individual to engage in regulated activity to prevent harm. This will only be in rare circumstances where there was no-one else who could engage in the specific activity e.g. a school giving a barred parent who had come to pick up their child consent by phone to look after a stricken child at the school campsite where the sole teacher in charge had been taken ill.

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