From Autumn 2008, the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act will make it a
crime for a non-CRB checked adult to work or volunteer with children.
Vetting is already putting adults off working with kids; some long-time
volunteers have resigned rather than be CRB checked. Is some vetting
necessary â€“ and when is it going too far? What effect does vetting have on
the relationship between youth workers and young people? Are there
alternative ways for adults to work together to ensure childrenâ€™s welfare?
This evening event, organised by the Manifesto Club at Spitz, is a forum for
honest discussion about the role and impact of vetting - and for us to start
to think of possible ways forward. We can continue the conversation
afterwards, over a glass of wine in the Spitz bar.
Speakers for the evening include: Tony Jeffs (senior lecturer, University of
Durham, community youth work unit), Viv Regan (youth worker and volunteer,
WORLDwrite), and Mervyn Barrett (communications manager, Nacro).