The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 amended the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 by removing controlled activities and slimming down Regulated Activities to 6 areas:

  • Healthcare;
  • Personal Care;
  • Social Work;
  • Assistance with a persons cash, bills or shopping because of their age, illness or disability;
  • Assistance with the conduct of an adults own affairs, eg lasting or enduring powers of attorney;
  • Conveying – adults for reasons of age, illness or disability to, from or between places where the adults receive healthcare, personal care or social work. This does not include friends, family or taxi drivers.

Those individuals working within any of the above are entitled to an Enhanced plus adult barring list check.


An Enhanced without Adult Barring list check is for those individuals working regularly:

  • Caring for
  • Teaching
  • Training
  • Supervising
  • Advising
  • Transporting
  • Being in sole charge of vulnerable adults

as specified in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. They are also available for certain licensing purposes and judicial appointments.




The scope of Regulated Activity in relation to children, defined in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (SVG) Act 2006 and the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (Northern Ireland) Order 2007, both as amended (in particular by, respectively, section 64 and Schedule 7, Protection of Freedoms Act 2012):

  • Unsupervised activities:  teach, train, instruct, care for or supervise children, or provide advice / guidance on well-being, or drive a vehicle only for children.
  • Work for a limited range of establishments (‘specified places’), with opportunity for contact, for example schools, children’s homes, childcare premises (but not work by supervised volunteers).  Work under (1) or (2) is Regulated Activity only if done regularly. Regular means carried out by the same person frequently (once a week or more often), or on 4 or more days in a 30-day period (or in some cases overnight).
  1. Relevant personal care, for example washing or dressing; or health care by or supervised by a professional, even if done once.
  2. Registered childminding; and foster-carers.


Regulated activity still excludes: family arrangements; personal, non-commercial arrangements.


Those individuals working within any of the above are entitled to an Enhanced plus child barring list check.



Regulated activity in relation to children document Download

Supervision of Activity with Children document Download