There are a number of acronyms and definitions that are specific to safeguarding, this page will be kept updated as a quick reference guide.
CEOP Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, a police department
CRB Criminal Records Bureau, now part of the Disclosure and Barring Service
DBS Disclosure and Barring Service
GTC-E General Teaching Council for England – regulates the teaching profession.
GTC-W General Teaching Council for Wales – regulates the teaching profession in Wales
ISA Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA)
It was responsible for barring decisions as a non-departmental public body for England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and was merged with the CRB to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
LADO Local Authority Designated Officer
LSCB Local Safeguarding Children Board
OPG Office of the Public guardian
PFA Protection of Freedoms Act
ROA Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
SVGA Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
VBS Vetting & Barring Scheme
Volunteers defined as ‘a person who is engaged in any activity which involves spending time unpaid (except for travelling and other out-of-pocket expenses) doing something which aims to benefit some third party other than or in addition to a close relative’
Vulnerable Adults The terminology of ‘vulnerable adults’ has moved towards ‘adults at risk of harm’, usually shortened to ‘adults at risk’ in policies and procedures.