Please folow the links below for important information on safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults:
Vetting and Barring Scheme: Changes Introduced by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (word doc) - AMiE's short briefing on the most recent developments taking effect in September 2012
Changes to Disclosure and Barring, What You Need To Know (pdf) - Government Information about the September changes
In addition to the above, you can find leaflets about the changes for England and Wales; and Northern Ireland, on the Home Office website.
Background informaton can be found at the Department for Education website.
The department has also published statutory guidance on Dealing With Allegations of Abuse Against Teachers and Other Staff.