From October this year, if you operate a website which has interactive features used by children, you will be required to vet new staff you employ to act as moderators on the website. This means that their names must be registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), a public body which has been set up to prevent unsuitable people from working with children. From 2010 you will also be required to ensure all existing staff moderators are ISA-registered (even if they have already undergone a CRB check).
The relevant legislation is The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, which provides for the maintenance of a register of people who are banned from certain activities relating to children (a 'barred list'). Under a commencement order which came into force in January this year, this Act will apply to regulate moderators of websites with interactive features aimed at children.
You can read more about this development in the law by reading the article on our website.
Yasmin Joomraty and Mailin Bala