The Home Office has signed a four year contract for IT services provider Logica to develop a long-feted vetting and registration system for staff working with children and vulnerable adults.
The system will go live on 12 October 2009, and will run in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with a parallel setup in the future in Scotland.
The go-live date is five years after Sir Michael Bichard’s inquiry into policing, which highlighted the failure of police forces to share information and prevent unsuitable people from working with children or other vulnerable people. That report suggested a more effective registration system be put in place for such workers.
Under the new contract, Logica will develop, host and maintain the new systems for the newly launched Independent Safeguarding Authority Scheme, which was set up this year following mandates in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (SVG) Act 2006.
The ISA will work with the Criminal Records Bureau to keep constantly updated lists of the 11 million people working with children or vulnerable adults, as well as flagging up those who are unsuitable. Logica will also provide data assurance and disaster recovery capability The Home Office has not disclosed a value for the deal.
Logica said the ISA would use information from the system to make “consistent, efficient and transparent decisions” about employing individuals.
Logica is also tasked with providing data assurance and disaster recovery capability, with all security requirements directly complying with HMG InfoSec standards for the protection of restricted and confidential information.
Adrian McAllister, chief executive at the ISA, said Logica was chosen following its work with other parts of the justice system, including the Crown Prosecution Service, the Ministry of Justice, the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, and several UK police forces.
“Our new scheme is a vital component of the Government's ongoing programme of work to provide increased protection for children and vulnerable adults across the UK,” he said.