The government has unveiled plans to scrap some criminal checks for people working with children or vulnerable adults, claiming the previous regime was overly officious and deterred some volunteers.

Under the terms of the reforms to the vetting and barring scheme, the Criminal Records Bureau and Independent Safeguarding Authority will be merged to create one unified body charged with overseeing a more proportionate approach.

“The Freedoms Bill will protect millions of people from state intrusion in their private lives and mark a return to common sense government,” said deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. “It delivers on our commitment to restore hard-won British liberties.”

Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone also hailed the new legislation, insisting that the young and vulnerable would still be sufficiently guarded, while infringements on individual liberties are removed.

Bosses looking for tips on recruiting foreign workers should consider attending the Employing and Vetting Non-UK Nationals 2011 event in May, which will include contributions from a range of business experts.

Posted by Cameron Thomson