The government has today launched a consultation into amending current rules on disqualification by association.
As it stands, anyone working in childcare can automatically be disqualified from working with children, if someone who lives or works in their household is disqualified.
Current regulations apply to all childcare providers, but the government is seeking opinions on amending the process for those providing childcare in schools and on non-domestic premises. Childminders are being invited to take part in the consultation but would be unaffected.
The current disqualification by association process was designed to stop an individual working with young children who may be under influence of a person who lives with them, and who could therefore pose a risk to children. But concerns have been raised about the fairness of these regulations. This consultation process is designed to create a fairer system, by asking for feedback from the sector on three different options:
Option 1 - remove disqualification by association in schools and non-domestic registered settings
Option 2 - retain disqualification by association, but introduce a new right to make representations to Ofsted before the disqualification takes effect
Option 3 - retain disqualification by association, but reduce its scope and introduce a new right to make representations to Ofsted before the disqualification takes effect
The full consultation can be found here. PACEY would love to hear your views, so please do get in touch and tell us what you think.