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Vulnerable adults

From 12 October 2009 the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (or POVA) scheme has been replaced by the Vetting and Barring Scheme.  Referrals should now be made to the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

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Independent Safeguarding Authority (opens new window)

The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) has been created to help prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults.

Criminal Records Bureau (opens new window)

The role of the Criminal Records Bureau is to reduce the risk of abuse by ensuring that those who are unsuitable are not able to work with children and vulnerable adults

Care Quality Commission (opens new window)

The independent regulator of health and social care in England.

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