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Policing and Crime Act 2009

Section 81 Renaming of Independent Barring Body

509.This section amends provisions in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (“the 2006 Act”) to change the name of the Independent Barring Board (IBB) to the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). The IBB was established under section 1 of the 2006 Act as a body corporate to consider the suitability of persons seeking to do certain specified work with children or vulnerable adults, and empowered to bar from such work those considered unsuitable. Bars are based on an assessment by the Board of any possible risk of harm posed to children or vulnerable adults by persons doing, or seeking such work, with these groups in either a paid or voluntary capacity.

510.Section 81 amends sections of the 2006 Act where references to the IBB appear in that Act, in order to change the name of the Board by substituting the name Independent Safeguarding Authority. It similarly amends references to the abbreviations “IBB” with “ISA”, and other enactments and documents in place prior to the passage of this Act where references to the Independent Barring Board or “IBB” appear. The change applies to subordinate legislation as defined by the Interpretation Act 1978.

511.This applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland and to any enactments of the Scottish Parliament and Northern Ireland legislation.

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