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Clause 79
 
157     Page 50, line 40, leave out from beginning to ("apply") in line 43 and insert ("Section 2(4) to (7) of the 1999 Act (referrals for inclusion in list of individuals who are considered unsuitable to work with children) shall, in the case of any reference under section 2, 2A or 2D of that Act,") 
158     Page 50, line 46, at end insert--
 
    ("(2A)  Section 2B of the 1999 Act shall apply in relation to the list kept under section 70 as it applies in relation to the list kept under section 1 of that Act, but as if the references in subsections (1)(c)(ii) and (5)(b) to children were references to vulnerable adults.")
 
159     Page 51, line 1, leave out from ("(2)") to end of line 4 and insert ("or (2A) provisionally include an individual in the list kept under section 70, or confirm his inclusion in the that list, unless he provisionally includes him in the list kept under section 1 of the 1999 Act or, as the case requires, confirms his inclusion in that list.") 
160     Page 51, line 5, after ("(2)") insert ("or (2A)") 
  
After Clause 79
 
161     Insert the following new Clause-- 
      ("  .--(1)  The Secretary of State may by regulations--
    (a)  add to the list in section 69(7) any prescribed persons to whom subsection (2) applies;
    (b)  amend the definitions of "care worker", "care position" and "vulnerable adult" accordingly.
    (2)  This subsection applies to--
    (a)  local authorities providing services to adults in the exercise of their social services functions;
    (b)  persons who provide to adults services which are similar to services which--
          (i)  may or must be so provided by local authorities; or
          (ii)  may or must be provided by National Health Service bodies.
    (3)  In its application by virtue of subsection (1), this Part shall have effect--
    (a)  if the regulations so provide, as if "may" were substituted for "shall" in sections 71(1) and 72(1), and section 76 were omitted;
    (b)  with such other modifications as may be specified in the regulations.")
Power to extend Part VI.
  
After Clause 80
 
162     Insert the following new Clause-- 
      ("  .--(1)  After section 2 of the 1999 Act there is inserted--Inclusion in 1999 Act list on reference by certain authorities.
 Power of certain authorities to refer individuals for inclusion in list.     2A.--(1)  A person to whom this section applies may refer to the Secretary of State an individual who is or has been employed in a child care position if-- 
  
    (a)  on the basis of evidence obtained by him in the exercise of his functions under Part II of the Care Standards Act 2000 or Part XA of the Children Act 1989, the person considers that the individual has been guilty of misconduct (whether or not in the course of his employment) which harmed a child or placed a child at risk of harm; and
 
  
      (b)  the individual has not been referred to the Secretary of State under section 1 above in respect of the misconduct.
        (2)  The persons to whom this section applies are--
      (a)  the National Care Standards Commission;
      (b)  the National Assembly for Wales; and
      (c)  Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in England.
        (3)  Section 2(4) to (7) above shall apply in relation to a reference made by a person under subsection (1) above as it applies in relation to a reference made by an organisation under section 2(1) above.
        (4)  The reference in subsection (1) above to misconduct is to misconduct which occurred after the commencement of this section."
 
 
        (2)  In section 1(2)(a) of that Act (duty of Secretary of State to keep list), after "2" there is inserted "or 2A".
        (3)  For the sidenote to section 2 of that Act there is substituted "Inclusion in list on reference following disciplinary action etc.".")
1989 c. 41.
163     Insert the following new Clause-- 
 
        ("  .--(1)  After section 2A of the 1999 Act (inserted by section (Inclusion in 1999 Act list on reference by certain authorities) there is inserted--
Inclusion in 1999 Act list of individuals named in findings of certain inquiries.
 Individuals named in the findings of certain inquiries.     2B.--(1)  Subsection (2) applies where--
    (a)  a relevant inquiry has been held;
    (b)  the report of the person who held the inquiry names an individual who is or has been employed in a child care position; and
    (c)  it appears to the Secretary of State from the report--
            (i)  that the person who held the inquiry found that the individual was guilty of relevant misconduct; and
            (ii)  that the individual is unsuitable to work with children.
        (2)  The Secretary of State--
      (a)  may provisionally include the individual in the list kept under section 1 above; and
      (b)  if he does so, shall determine in accordance with subsections (3) to (5) below whether the individual's inclusion in the list should be confirmed.
        (3)  The Secretary of State shall--
      (a)  invite observations from the individual on the report, so far as relating to him, and, if the Secretary of State thinks fit, on any observations submitted under paragraph (b) below; and
      (b)  invite observations from the relevant employer on any observations on the report and, if the Secretary of State thinks fit, on any other observations under paragraph (a) above.
        (4)  Where the Secretary of State has considered the report, any observations submitted to him and any other information which he considers relevant, he shall confirm that individual's inclusion in the list if subsection (5) below applies; otherwise he shall remove him from the list.
        (5)  This subsection applies if the Secretary of State is of the opinion--
      (a)  that the person who held the inquiry reasonably considered the individual to be guilty of relevant misconduct; and
      (b)  that the individual is unsuitable to work with children.
        (6)  In this section--
      relevant employer" means the person who, at the time referred to in the definition of "relevant misconduct" below, employed the individual in a child care position;
      relevant misconduct" means misconduct which harmed a child or placed a child at risk of harm and was committed (whether or not in the course of his employment) at a time when the individual was employed in a child care position.
        (7)  In this section "relevant inquiry" means any of the following--
      (a)  an inquiry held under--
            (i)  section 9 of the Care Standards Act 2000;
 
  
            (ii)  section 35 of the Government of Wales Act 1998;
            (iii)  section 81 of the 1989 Act;
1998 c. 38.
  
            (iv)  section 84 of the National Health Service Act 1977;
1977 c. 49.
  
            (v)  section 7C of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970;
1970 c. 42.
  
      (b)  an inquiry to which the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921 applies;
      (c)  any other inquiry or hearing designated for the purposes of this section by an order made by the Secretary of State.
        (8)  An order under subsection (7) above shall be made by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
        (9)  Before making an order under subsection (7) above the Secretary of State shall consult the National Assembly for Wales."
 
 
        (2)  In section 1(2) of that Act (duty of Secretary of State to keep list), before the "or" preceding paragraph (b) there shall be inserted--
      (aa)  he has been included in the list under section 2B below;".")
1921 c. 7.
  
Clause 81
 
164     Page 52, line 1, leave out ("3") and insert ("2B") 
165     Page 52, line 1, after ("Act") insert ("(inserted by section (Inclusion in 1999 Act list on reference by certain authorities))") 
166     Page 52, leave out lines 2 to 12 and insert--
 
    ("2C.--(1)  Section 71(4) to (7) of the Care Standards Act 2000 (persons who provide care for vulnerable adults: duty to refer) shall, in the case of any reference under subsection (1) of that section or section (Power of registration authority to refer) of that Act, apply in relation to the list kept under section 1 above as it applies in relation to the list kept under section 70 of that Act, but as if the reference in subsection (7)(b) to vulnerable adults were a reference to children.
 
    (2)  Section 72(4) to (7) of that Act (employment agencies and businesses: duty to refer) shall, in the case of any reference under subsection (1) of that section, apply in relation to the list kept under section 1 above as it applies in relation to the list kept under section 70 of that Act, but as if the reference in subsection (7)(b) to vulnerable adults were references to children.
 
    (2A)  Section (Individuals named in the findings of certain inquiries) of the Care Standards Act 2000 shall apply in relation to the list kept under section 1 above as it applies in relation to the list kept under section 70 of that Act, but as if the references in subsections (1)(c)(ii) and (5)(b) to vulnerable adults were references to children.")
 
167     Page 52, leave out lines 14 to 17 and insert ("this section provisionally include an individual in the list kept under section 1 above, or confirm his inclusion in the that list, unless he provisionally includes him in the list kept under section 70 of the Care Standards Act 2000 or, as the case requires, confirms his inclusion in that list.") 
168     Page 52, line 18, leave out ("subsection (2) above") and insert ("this section") 
169     Page 52, line 24, leave out ("section 71 or 72") and insert ("Part VI") 
  
After Clause 81
 
170     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  After section 2C of the 1999 Act (inserted by section 81) there is inserted--Individuals providing care funded by direct payments.
 Local authorities proposing to make direct payments in respect of services.     2D.--(1)  A local authority may refer a relevant individual to the Secretary of State where, as a result of enquiries made, or caused to be made, by it under section 47 of the Children Act 1989, the authority considers that the individual has been guilty of misconduct (whether or not in the course of his employment) which harmed a child or placed a child at risk of harm.
 
    (2)  Section 2(4) to (7) above shall apply in relation to a reference made by a local authority under subsection (1) above as it applies in relation to a reference made by an organisation under section 2(1) above.
 
    (3)  In this section--
1989 c. 41.
  
    funded care" means care in respect of a person's securing the provision of which the authority has made a payment under section 17A of the Children Act 1989 (direct payments);
    relevant individual" means an individual who is or has been employed to provide funded care to a child.
    (4)  The reference in subsection (1) above to misconduct is to misconduct which occurred after the commencement of this section."
 
     (2)  In section 7 of that Act (effect of inclusion in certain statutory lists), after subsection (1) there shall be inserted--
        (1A)  Where--
      (a)  a person ("the recipient") employs, or proposes to employ, an individual to provide care for a child; and
1989 c. 41.
 
      (b)  a local authority proposes to make a payment to the recipient under section 17A of the Children Act 1989 (direct payments) in respect of his securing the provision of the care,
    the authority shall, if the recipient asks it to do so, ascertain whether the individual is included in any of the lists mentioned in subsection (1) above."
    (3)  After subsection (2) of that section there shall be inserted--
        (2A)  Where a local authority is required under subsection (1A) above to ascertain whether an individual who has been supplied as mentioned in subsection (2) above is included in any of the lists there mentioned, there is sufficient compliance with subsection (1A) above if the authority--
      (a)  satisfies itself that, on a date within the last 12 months, the organisation which supplied the individual ascertained whether he was included in any of those lists; and
      (b)  obtains written confirmation of the facts as ascertained by the organisation."
    (4)  In section 1(2)(a) of that Act (duty of Secretary of State to keep list), after "or 2A" there is inserted "or 2D".")
1989 c. 41.
171     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  Section 3 of the 1999 Act (inclusion in list on transfer from Consultancy Service Index) shall be amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In subsection (1), for "This section" there shall be substituted "Subsections (2) and (3) below" and in paragraph (a), for "this section" there shall be substituted "section 1 above".
 
    (3)  After subsection (3) there shall be inserted--
        (4)  Subsections (5) and (6) below apply where--
      (a)  a relevant inquiry has been held;
      (b)  the report of the person who held the inquiry names an individual who is or has been employed in a child care position;
      (c)  it appears to the Secretary of State from the report--
            (i)  that the person who held the inquiry found that the individual was guilty of relevant misconduct; and
            (ii)  that the individual is unsuitable to work with children; and
      (d)  the individual is included in the Consultancy Service Index (otherwise than provisionally) immediately before the commencement of section 1 above.
        (5)  The Secretary of State shall--
      (a)  invite observations from the individual on the report, so far as relating to him, and, if the Secretary of State thinks fit, on any observations submitted under paragraph (b) below; and
      (b)  invite observations from the relevant employer on any observations on the report and, if the Secretary of State thinks fit, on any other observations under paragraph (a) above.
        (6)  The Secretary of State shall include the individual in the list kept by him under section 1 above if, after he has considered the report, any observations submitted to him and any other information which he considers relevant, he is of the opinion--
      (a)  that the person who held the inquiry reasonably considered the individual to be guilty of relevant misconduct; and
      (b)  that the individual is unsuitable to work with children.
        (7)  In this section--
      relevant employer", in relation to an individual named in the report of a relevant inquiry, means the person who, at the time referred to in the definition of "relevant misconduct" below, employed the individual in a child care position;
      relevant inquiry" has the same meaning as in section 2B above"
      relevant misconduct" means misconduct which harmed a child or placed a child at risk of harm and was committed (whether or not in the course of his employment) at a time when the individual was employed in a child care position."")
Transfer from Consultancy Service Index of individuals named in past inquiries.
  
After Clause 84
 
172     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  Any person seeking to ascertain whether a relevant individual is included in--
    (a)  the list kept under section 1 of the 1999 Act;
Temporary provision for access to lists.
 
    (b)  the list kept for the purposes of regulations made under section 218(6) of the Education Reform Act 1988; or
1988 c. 40.
 
    (c)  any list kept by the Secretary of State or the Assembly of persons disqualified under section 470 or 471 of the Education Act 1996,
shall be entitled to that information on making, before the relevant commencement, an application for the purpose to the Secretary of State.
 
    (2)  In this section "relevant individual" means--
    (a)  in relation to a person who carries on an employment agency, an individual with whom he proposes to do business or an individual of any other prescribed description;
    (b)  in relation to any other person, an individual to whom he proposes to offer, or whom he proposes to supply for employment in, a child care position or an individual of any other prescribed description.
    (3)  The relevant commencement is--
    (a)  for applications relating to the list mentioned in subsection (1)(a) or (b), the commencement of section 8 of the 1999 Act; and
    (b)  for applications relating to the list mentioned in subsection (1)(c), the commencement of section 84.
    (4)  Paragraphs (b) and (c) of subsection (1) are without prejudice to any right conferred otherwise than by virtue of those provisions.")
1996 c. 56.
173     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  The Police Act 1997 shall be amended as follows.
 
    (2)  In section 113 (criminal record certificates)--
    (a)  in subsection (3A), after "(3B)," there shall be inserted "or his suitability to adopt a child,"; and
    (b)  after subsection (3D) (inserted by section 77) there shall be inserted--
          (3E)  The references in subsections (3A) and (3C) to suitability to be employed, supplied to work, found work or given work in a position falling within subsection (3B) or (3D) include references to suitability to be registered--
 
      (a)  under Part II of the Care Standards Act 2000 (establishments and agencies); 
      (b)  under Part IV of that Act (social care workers); orPart V of the Police Act 1997: further provision.
1997 c. 50.
      (c)  for child minding or providing day care under Part XA of the Children Act 1989, or under section 71 of that Act or Article 118 of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (child minding and day care)."
 
    (3)  In section 115 (enhanced criminal record certificates)--
    (a)  in subsection (5)--
          (i)  after paragraph (e) there shall be inserted--
 
      (ea)  registration under Part II of the Care Standards Act 2000 (establishments and agencies); 
      (eb)  registration under Part IV of that Act (social care workers);" and
          (ii)  after paragraph (g) there shall be inserted--
1989 c. 41.
S.I. 1995/755 (N.I.  2).
      (h)  a decision made by an adoption agency within the meaning of section 11 of the Adoption Act 1976 as to a person's suitability to adopt a child." and
    (b)  in subsection (6A), after "113," there shall be inserted "or his suitability to adopt a child,".")
1976 c. 36.
 
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