Voluntary Work: Offenders

Justice written question – answered on 18th January 2010.

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Photo of Paul Goodman Paul Goodman - Shadow Minister, Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been (a) convicted and (b) prosecuted for offences committed while working as a volunteer with vulnerable adults.

Photo of Claire Ward Claire Ward Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

Statistical data held by the Ministry of Justice on the Court Proceedings Database record the number of defendants proceeded against, found guilty and sentenced for criminal offences in England and Wales.

Other than where specified in a statute these data do not include information on the circumstances of an offence and it is therefore not possible to identify whether an offence was committed by a volunteer while working with vulnerable adults.

The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) has been created to help prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults. Increased safeguards introduced under the Vetting and Barring Scheme from 12 October 2009 make it a criminal offence for individuals barred by the ISA to work or apply to work with children or vulnerable adults in a wide range of posts.

Court proceedings data for 2009 are expected to be published in the autumn of 2010.

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