Terms of Reference for reviews agreed

The terms of reference for the  reviews of the criminal records regime and of the vetting & barring scheme have been announced:

Quote from the Ministerial Statement:  The Review will be thorough and consider afresh the principles and objectives of the scheme and recommend what, if any, scheme is now needed.  The Review will be developed by officials working jointly across our three departments and recommendations are expected early in the New Year. In parallel, a review of the criminal records regime will take place, led by the independent Government Advisor for Criminality Information Management, Mrs Sunita Mason. This will be undertaken in two phases and will report firstly on employment vetting systems which involve the Criminal Records Bureau, followed by a report on the broader regime. Home Office Press Release

Profile of Mrs Sunita Mason, the Government’s Independent Advisor for Criminality Information Management.  Mrs Sunita Mason is the former Director of Legal Services for the National Youth Advocacy Service. She is a leading family law solicitor and a member of the Law Society Children Panel. She is the Chair of the Law Society’s Family Law Committee, and also holds a judicial position, sitting as a Deputy District Judge on the North-Eastern circuit. She is also a director and vice-chair of Hill Holt Wood, a charity working with disadvantaged young people excluded from mainstream education.