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Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill [HL]
Schedule 1 — Independent Barring Board

 

Schedules

Schedule 1

Section 1

 

Independent Barring Board

Membership

1     (1)  

IBB shall consist of—

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(a)   

a chairman;

(b)   

such number of other members as the Secretary of State decides.

      (2)  

The chairman and other members—

(a)   

are to be appointed by the Secretary of State;

(b)   

must appear to the Secretary of State to have knowledge or

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experience of any aspect of child protection or the protection of

vulnerable adults.

Tenure of office

2     (1)  

The chairman and members hold and must vacate office as such in

accordance with the terms of their respective appointments.

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      (2)  

The appointment of a person to hold office is for a term not exceeding five

years.

      (3)  

A person holding office may at any time resign that office by giving notice

in writing to the Secretary of State.

      (4)  

The Secretary of State may by notice in writing remove a person from office

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if satisfied that any of the following applies to him—

(a)   

he has, without reasonable excuse, failed, for a continuous period of

three months, to carry out his functions;

(b)   

he has been convicted (whether before or after his appointment) of a

criminal offence;

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(c)   

he is an undischarged bankrupt or his estate has been sequestrated

and he has not been discharged;

(d)   

he is the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order

under Schedule 4A to the Insolvency Act 1986 (c. 45) or an order to

the like effect made under any corresponding enactment in force in

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Scotland or Northern Ireland;

(e)   

he has made a composition or arrangement with, or granted a trust

deed for, his creditors;

(f)   

he has failed to comply with the terms of his appointment;

(g)   

he is otherwise unable or unfit to carry out his functions as chairman

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or member.

 

 

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      (5)  

A person who ceases to be chairman or a member is eligible for re-

appointment, except where he is removed from office under sub-paragraph

(4).

Remuneration, pension etc. of members

3     (1)  

IBB must pay to the chairman and each of the other members such

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remuneration and allowances as may be determined by the Secretary of

State.

      (2)  

IBB must, if required to do so by the Secretary of State—

(a)   

pay such pension, allowances or gratuities as may be determined by

the Secretary of State to or in respect of a person who is or has been

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the chairman or a member, or

(b)   

make such payments as may be so determined towards provision for

the payment of a pension, allowances or gratuities to or in respect of

such a person.

      (3)  

If the Secretary of State thinks that there are special circumstances which

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make it right for a person ceasing to hold office as chairman or a member to

receive compensation, IBB must pay to him a sum by way of compensation

of such amount as may be determined by the Secretary of State.

      (4)  

Service as chairman of IBB is included among the kinds of service to which

a scheme under section 1 of the Superannuation Act 1972 (c. 11) can apply,

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and accordingly in Schedule 1 to that Act (in which those kinds of service are

listed) insert at the appropriate place—

“Chairman of the Independent Barring Board.”

      (5)  

IBB must pay to the Minister for the Civil Service, at such times as he may

direct, such sums as he may determine in respect of any increase attributable

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to sub-paragraph (4) in the sums payable out of money provided by

Parliament under that Act.

Staff

4     (1)  

IBB shall have—

(a)   

a chief executive;

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(b)   

such other employees as it may appoint.

      (2)  

The chairman may be appointed as chief executive.

      (3)  

IBB may make arrangements for persons to be seconded to IBB to serve as

members of its staff.

      (4)  

A member of a police force on temporary service with IBB shall be under the

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direction and control of IBB.

Remuneration, pensions etc. of staff

5     (1)  

IBB must pay to its employees such remuneration and allowances as it may

determine.

      (2)  

IBB may pay, or make payments in respect of, such pensions, allowances or

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gratuities to or in respect of its employees or former employees as it may

determine.

 

 

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      (3)  

Employment with IBB is included among the kinds of employment to which

a scheme under section 1 of the Superannuation Act 1972 (c. 11) can apply,

and accordingly in Schedule 1 to that Act (in which those kinds of

employment are listed) insert at the appropriate place—

“Employment by the Independent Barring Board.”

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      (4)  

If any person—

(a)   

on ceasing to be employed by IBB becomes or continues to be one of

its members, and

(b)   

was, by reference to his employment, a participant in a scheme under

section 1 of that Act,

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the Minister for the Civil Service may determine that his service as a member

of IBB is to be treated for the purposes of the scheme as if his service as a

member were service as an employee of IBB (whether or not any benefits are

payable to or in respect of him by virtue of paragraph 3).

      (5)  

IBB must pay to the Minister for the Civil Service, at such times as he may

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direct, such sums as he may determine in respect of any increase attributable

to this paragraph in the sums payable out of money provided by Parliament

under that Act.

Delegation of functions

6     (1)  

IBB may to such extent as it may determine delegate any of its functions to—

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(a)   

one of its members;

(b)   

a member of its staff;

(c)   

a committee consisting of some of its members, members of its staff

or both members and members of staff.

      (2)  

A committee mentioned in sub-paragraph (1)(c) which consists of both

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members and members of staff must be chaired by a member.

7     (1)  

IBB may to such extent as it may determine delegate any of its functions,

other than a core function, to—

(a)   

a person who is neither a member nor a member of staff;

(b)   

a committee (including a committee which includes persons who are

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neither members nor members of staff).

      (2)  

A committee mentioned in sub-paragraph (1)(b) must be chaired by a

member or member of staff.

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A core function is—

(a)   

determining whether it is appropriate for a person to be included in

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a barred list;

(b)   

determining whether to remove a person from a barred list;

(c)   

considering representations made for the purposes of Schedule 2.

Reports

9     (1)  

As soon as possible after the end of each financial year IBB must issue a

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report of the exercise of its functions during that year.

      (2)  

IBB must arrange for the report to be published in such manner as it

considers appropriate.

 

 

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The Secretary of State may direct IBB to submit a report to him on any matter

regarding the exercise of IBB’s functions as may be specified in the direction.

Accounts

11    (1)  

IBB must keep its accounts in such form as the Secretary of State determines.

      (2)  

IBB must prepare annual accounts in respect of each financial year in such

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form as the Secretary of State decides.

      (3)  

Before the end of the specified period following the end of each financial

year to which the annual accounts relate IBB must send a copy of the

accounts to the Secretary of State and the Comptroller and Auditor General.

      (4)  

The Comptroller and Auditor General must—

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(a)   

examine, certify and report on the annual accounts;

(b)   

lay a copy of the accounts and of his report before each House of

Parliament.

      (5)  

The financial year is—

(a)   

the period starting on the day IBB is established and ending on the

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next 31st March;

(b)   

each succeeding period of 12 months.

      (6)  

The specified period is such period as the Secretary of State directs.

Status

12    (1)  

IBB is not to be regarded—

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(a)   

as the servant or agent of the Crown, or

(b)   

as enjoying any status, immunity or privilege of the Crown.

      (2)  

IBB’s property is not to be regarded as property of, or property held on

behalf of, the Crown.

Incidental powers

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13    (1)  

In connection with the exercise of any of its functions IBB may—

(a)   

enter into contracts and other agreements (whether legally binding

or not);

(b)   

acquire and dispose of property (including land);

(c)   

borrow money;

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(d)   

do such other things as IBB thinks necessary or expedient.

      (2)  

The power conferred by sub-paragraph (1)(b) includes accepting—

(a)   

gifts of money, and

(b)   

gifts or loans of other property,

           

on such terms as IBB thinks appropriate.

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      (3)  

But IBB may exercise the power conferred by sub-paragraph (1)(b) or (c)

only with the consent of the Secretary of State.

      (4)  

Such consent may be given—

(a)   

with respect to a particular case or with respect to a class of cases;

(b)   

subject to such conditions as the Secretary of State thinks

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appropriate.

 

 

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Schedule 2 — Barred lists
Part 1 — Children’s barred list

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Documents

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A document purporting to be signed on behalf of IBB shall be received in

evidence and, unless the contrary is proved, be taken to be so signed.

Schedule 2

Section 2

 

Barred lists

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Part 1

Children’s barred list

Automatic inclusion

1     (1)  

This paragraph applies to a person if it appears to the Secretary of State that

any of the criteria prescribed for the purposes of this paragraph is satisfied

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in relation to the person.

      (2)  

If this paragraph applies to a person the Secretary of State must refer the

matter to IBB.

      (3)  

On the reference being made, IBB must include the person in the children’s

barred list.

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Inclusion subject to consideration of representations

2     (1)  

This paragraph applies to a person if it appears to the Secretary of State that

any of the criteria prescribed for the purposes of this paragraph is satisfied

in relation to the person.

      (2)  

If this paragraph applies to a person the Secretary of State must refer the

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matter to IBB.

      (3)  

On the reference being made, IBB must—

(a)   

include the person in the children’s barred list;

(b)   

give the person the opportunity to make representations as to why

he should be removed from the children’s barred list.

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      (4)  

If it appears to IBB that it is not appropriate for the person to be included in

the list, it must remove him from the list.

Behaviour

3     (1)  

This paragraph applies to a person if—

(a)   

it appears to IBB that the person has (at any time) engaged in relevant

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conduct, and

(b)   

IBB proposes to include him in the children’s barred list.

      (2)  

IBB must give the person the opportunity to make representations as to why

he should not be included in the children’s barred list.

      (3)  

If it appears to IBB that it is appropriate to do so, it must include the person

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in the children’s barred list.

 

 

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      (4)  

This paragraph does not apply to a person if the relevant conduct consists

only of an offence committed against a child and the court, having

considered whether to make a disqualification order, decided not to.

      (5)  

In sub-paragraph (4)—

(a)   

the reference to an offence committed against a child must be

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construed in accordance with Part 2 of the Criminal Justice and Court

Services Act 2000 (c. 43);

(b)   

a disqualification order is an order under section 28, 29 or 29A of that

Act.

4     (1)  

For the purposes of paragraph 3 relevant conduct is—

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(a)   

conduct which endangers a child or is likely to endanger a child;

(b)   

conduct which, if repeated against or in relation to a child, would

endanger that child or would be likely to endanger him;

(c)   

conduct involving child pornography, if it appears to IBB that the

conduct is inappropriate;

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(d)   

conduct of a sexual nature involving a child, if it appears to IBB that

the conduct is inappropriate.

      (2)  

A person’s conduct endangers a child if he—

(a)   

harms a child,

(b)   

causes a child to be harmed,

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(c)   

puts a child at risk of harm,

(d)   

attempts to harm a child, or

(e)   

incites another to harm a child.

      (3)  

A person does not engage in relevant conduct merely by committing an

offence prescribed for the purposes of this sub-paragraph.

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      (4)  

For the purposes of sub-paragraphs (1)(c) and (d), IBB must have regard to

guidance issued by the Secretary of State as to conduct which is

inappropriate.

Risk of harm

5     (1)  

This paragraph applies to a person if—

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(a)   

it appears to IBB that the person falls within sub-paragraph (4), and

(b)   

IBB proposes to include him in the children’s barred list.

      (2)  

IBB must give the person the opportunity to make representations as to why

he should not be included in the children’s barred list.

      (3)  

If it appears to IBB that it is appropriate to do so, it must include the person

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in the children’s barred list.

      (4)  

A person falls within this sub-paragraph if he may—

(a)   

harm a child,

(b)   

cause a child to be harmed,

(c)   

put a child at risk of harm,

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(d)   

attempt to harm a child or

(e)   

incite another to harm a child.

 

 

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Schedule 2 — Barred lists
Part 2 — Adults’ barred list

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Part 2

Adults’ barred list

Automatic inclusion

6     (1)  

This paragraph applies to a person if it appears to the Secretary of State that

any of the criteria prescribed for the purposes of this paragraph is satisfied

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in relation to the person.

      (2)  

If this paragraph applies to a person the Secretary of State must refer the

matter to IBB.

      (3)  

On the reference being made, IBB must include the person in the adults’

barred list.

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Inclusion subject to consideration of representations

7     (1)  

This paragraph applies to a person if it appears to the Secretary of State that

any of the criteria prescribed for the purposes of this paragraph is satisfied

in relation to the person.

      (2)  

If this paragraph applies to a person the Secretary of State must refer the

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matter to IBB.

      (3)  

On the reference being made, IBB must—

(a)   

include the person in the adults’ barred list;

(b)   

give the person the opportunity to make representations as to why

he should be removed from the adults’ barred list.

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      (4)  

If it appears to IBB that it is not appropriate for the person to be included in

the list, it must remove him from the list.

Behaviour

8     (1)  

This paragraph applies to a person if—

(a)   

it appears to IBB that the person has (at any time) engaged in relevant

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conduct, and

(b)   

IBB proposes to include him in the adults’ barred list.

      (2)  

IBB must give the person the opportunity to make representations as to why

he should not be included in the adults’ barred list.

      (3)  

If it appears to IBB that it is appropriate to do so, it must include the person

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in the adults’ barred list.

9     (1)  

For the purposes of paragraph 8 relevant conduct is—

(a)   

conduct which endangers a vulnerable adult or is likely to endanger

a vulnerable adult;

(b)   

conduct which, if repeated against or in relation to a vulnerable

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adult, would endanger that adult or would be likely to endanger

him;

(c)   

conduct involving pornography, if it appears to IBB that the conduct

is inappropriate;

(d)   

sexual behaviour with or towards a vulnerable adult which appears

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to IBB to be inappropriate.

 

 

 
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