All organisations in England that work with or provide services for children and families have a duty to protect their welfare. From 1 January 2010 it has been a legal requirement that recruitment panels appointing paid school staff and volunteers into the children and families workforce should include at least one person who has been trained in safer recruitment. Ofsted will request evidence that each recruitment panel meets this requirement as part of their inspections.

In July 2010, the Home Secretary halted further roll out of the Vetting and Barring Scheme and initiated a review. In February 2011, the recommendations from the review, including the scrapping of registration and monitoring of individuals by the Scheme, formed part of the Protection of Freedoms Bill, which is expected to receive royal assent in 2012. Until the proposed changes become law, the current safer recruitment training is still valid and the pre-recruitment checks should continue. Revised guidance will be issued before any amendments come into force.

Additionally, there has been no change to the current legal duty to refer relevant safeguarding information to the Independent Safeguarding Authority, when a person has been moved or removed by an employer because of the harm they have caused to a child or the risk of harm to a child.