Independent Safeguarding Authority
The Independent Safeguarding Authority’s (ISA) role is to help prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults. The ISA assess those individuals working or wishing to work in regulated activity that are referred to them on the grounds that they pose a possible risk of harm to vulnerable groups.
There are two principal routes by which referrals are made to the ISA.
Firstly, when a person applies for ISA registration, any convictions or cautions which are considered relevant would trigger a referral.
The other way a referral would be made is where an employer or an organisation, for example, a regulatory body, has concerns that a person has caused harm or poses a future risk of harm to children or vulnerable adults. In these circumstances the employer or regulatory body must make a referral to the ISA. The range of organisations who are able to make referrals include:
- Regulated activity providers;
- Personnel suppliers;
- Local authorities;
- Education and Library Boards;
- Health and Social Care (HSC) bodies;
- Keepers of Registers named in the legislation; and
- Supervisory authorities named in the legislation.