The Independent Safeguarding Authority creates 200 jobs at Darlington head office

The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) is to create up to 200 jobs at its new headquarters in Darlington.

The new body is actively seeking to recruit a chief executive for the new body which has been created to protect children and vulnerable adults through checks on those employed to work with them.

The ISA will begin operations from autumn 2008 and will replace ministerial decision making when assessing who should be barred from working in posts which involve close contact with children and vulnerable adults.

The authority aims to reform vetting and barring practices created by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act  and will work in tandem with the Criminal Records Bureau.

Meg Hillier, home office minister, said: “Protecting children and the vulnerable in our society is one of the most vital duties imaginable.”

Sir Roger Singleton, ISA chair added: “The Board and chief executive we are now looking to recruit will help me build the foundations of this new organisation. These are challenging and vitally important roles in a body which will lead the world in the protection of children and vulnerable adults.”

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