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My Department also maintains the Protection of Children Act list which is a referrals-based system. Following disciplinary action for misconduct, if certain conditions are satisfied, child care organisations must, and other organisations may refer the names of individuals employed in child care positions to the Secretary of State (these are usually employers but a small number of other organisations have the power to refer names). To place an individual on the Protection of Children Act List (otherwise than provisionally), providing she is satisfied that the referral is a valid one, the Secretary of State must form the opinion that:
the referring organisation reasonably considered the person to be guilty of misconduct which harmed a child or placed a child at risk of harm, (whether or not in the course of employment), and that the individual is unsuitable to work with children.