UK Liberty

Another flaw in the ISA

Posted in control freakery, database state, relates to ordinary people, stupid by ukliberty on November 27, 2009

Nursery World (didn’t see this in the nationals):

The Government’s controversial Vetting and Barring scheme has come under fire again after it emerged that nannies employed directly by parents will not be required to register.

… nannies are exempt from the scheme if their employment is deemed to be a ‘private arrangement’ with the family that they work for, raising fears that parents may unknowingly hire individuals that pose a threat to their children.

A spokesperson from the Department for Children, Schools and Families told Nursery World,

“If the nanny is supplied by an agency, then it will be the agency’s duty to check the nanny’s ISA registration before supplying the individual to the parents. If, however, the nanny is employed directly by the parents, with no agency involved, then there is no duty on the parent to check ISA registration and there is no duty on the nanny to be ISA-registered. The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act was deliberately crafted in this way, so as not to intrude on private arrangements made by parents.”

There you have it: in the topsy-turvy world of child protection,  an arrangement made with an agency isn’t considered ‘private’.

Never mind.  As my correspondent writes, whether you are against the ISA because it is illiberal (me) or support it because you think it will protect children, surely this is a another flaw in the system.

Also, as the article points out, will it mean the children of the less well-off are made more vulnerable than those of the more well-off?  Presumably this will increase the cost of employing an agency nanny, motivating the less well off to seek a ‘private arrangement’.

It all seems a bit pointless though, doesn’t it?  Seeing as would-be parents aren’t going to be checked under the Vetting and Barring scheme.

And, on that note, see this.


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  1. Agency Nanny said, on December 2, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Perhaps the most significant aaspect of the above is your observation that it hasn’t been addressed in the nationals, by which I assume you mean the mainstream press. More and more, there’s less and less of any merit in the major papers. Small wonder people are increasingly turning to the internet for genuine information.


  2. ukliberty said, on December 3, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Thanks for your comment, Agency Nanny. I did indeed mean the mainstream press.

    I hear from a correspondent that Ed Balls launched his review of the law in the same week as Nursery World published its story, which may have reduced the impact.

    I think the Obama / Nobel Peace Prize ‘controversy’ was about the same time, too.

    Neverthless it seems to me a shame there was no apparent mention whatsoever in the mainstream press of something that is important to a large proportion of families.

  3. Agency Nanny said, on December 3, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Have you read Flat Earth News by Nick Davies? Worth a read to give you an idea of what and why material appears in the mainstream. It only gets in of you spoonfeed it to them apparently.


  4. ukliberty said, on December 3, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I’m about halfway through Flat Earth News.

    It is indeed very good and you might be right.

  5. Nanny Agency said, on December 4, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Now you have to join you’ll see why. They just last week did a critique of Nick’s book. Much to learn there. Look in the archive.
    I subscribe. Everyone needs to get a perspective on the mainstream media. I run this site among others and frankly, you simply don’t see the realities of economics discussed anywhere in the media.


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