Guernsey

Guernsey's criminal vetting plan to going ahead

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Image caption The States is to press ahead with its Guernsey Vetting Bureau plan

People who work with children and vulnerable adults in Guernsey will undergo full criminal record checks, the States has said.

A vetting and barring system set up by the former Labour government in the UK last year has been halted after complaints.

Home Secretary Theresa May said the intention was to bring it back to "common-sense levels".

But the Home Department said its local vetting proposals will go ahead.

'Wide scope'

The Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland was introduced last year as a response to the murders of two schoolgirls by caretaker Ian Huntley in Soham, Cambridgeshire, in 2002.

It was designed to close loopholes that allowed inappropriate people to work with children.

Chief Officer Paul Whitfield, told BBC News it was important to make sure the system was proportionate to the community.

Mr Whitfield said the Home Department was in contact with its UK counterparts about the review, but it still planned to press ahead with creating a Guernsey Vetting Bureau.

This will be able to runs checks on employees through the existing UK Criminal Records Bureau.

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