DH Lays Two Sets of Regulations on the Care Standards Tribunal

Two sets of regulations regarding the procedural rules of the Care Standards Tribunal have been laid before parliament today. A public consultation was held on the draft versions of these regulations, which sought views on how to enable the CST to consider applications for review or revocation of a disqualification order.

Disqualification orders were set up by the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 and designed to prevent people with convictions working with children. The Act made provision for these reviews and will allow the Tribunal to rule if the individual’s circumstances have changed since the conviction. If the person is still unsuitable, the Tribunal will keep them out of the workforce.

These regulations will give the Tribunal the administrative tools to undertake this important task, and is the latest in a series of measures designed to keep vulnerable groups safe.

An application for review cannot be made to the Tribunal until either five or 10 years (depending on the age of the appellant) have elapsed from the date the disqualification order was made, or in some cases on the day of release from custody, whichever is later.