The High Court has “reserved judgement” on a judicial review of staff vetting procedures, following a two day hearing.
The review of parts of the vetting and barring scheme, currently being rolled out by the Independent Safeguarding Authority, was initiated by the Royal College of Nursing amid concerns that it denied nurses a fair hearing and right to appeal.
RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter said: “The protection of children and vulnerable people is of the utmost importance.
“What we are concerned about is that the scheme is failing to provide nurses with a fair hearing, the right of appeal, and can result in them being disproportionately barred for 10 years for less serious offences.
“We believe the scheme contravenes articles six and eight of the European Convention on Human Rights which forms the basis for our challenge.”
Following the hearing this week, on 12-13 October, the High Court is evaluating all the evidence and is expected to make a decision in a few weeks’ time.