HL Deb 04 February 2003 vol 644 cc22-3WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What professions which work with young children require vetting of potential employees; and if professional nannies are not included, why not. [HL1279]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Baroness Ashton of Upholland)

Disclosure of criminal records through the Criminal Records Bureau is either required or enabled by legislation for very many occupations which bring professionals into contact with young children during the course of their work.

There is no requirement for nannies to be vetted through the bureau. However, agencies which supply nannies may register with the bureau and, in that way, they may be vetted in the same way as other childcare workers.