Protection of Freedoms Act Update

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 – Things you need to know

The Protection of Freedoms Act received Royal Assent and became an Act of Parliament on 1 May 2012. The Act makes a number of key changes to the definition of regulated activity and the system of criminal record checks relevant to employers and voluntary organisations working with children or vulnerable adults.


 The Act introduces six significant changes:


  • It tightens the definition of Regulated Activity


  • Children aged under 16 should no longer be CRB checked


  • The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority will be merged to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in December 2012


  • CRB Disclosures remain for all prescribed positions but ISA barring checks are limited to Regulated Activity roles only (unless entitlement has been granted)


  • Disclosure certificate to be dispatched to applicants only and no copy will be sent to the Registered/Umbrella Body


  • Launch of an online continuous updating and portability scheme


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