Au Pairs granted special exemption from ISI registration *Press Release*
Sandra Landau - Chair of the British Au Pair Agencies Association - announced this important UK Government decision at the International Au Pair Association
Annual conference in MIAMI, USA on Thursday 18 April 2010. Au Pairs will be exempt from the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) through a clarification of the term 'family relationship'
The British Au Pair Agencies Association (BAPAA) has been notified directly of this Government decision by Baroness Delyth Morgan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families, following talks BAPAA has been holding with her Department.
Some of the concerns raised by BAPAA that have resulted in the Government decision to give Au Pairs special exemption from the ISA scheme:
All BAPAA Member Agencies are already required by our code of conduct to provide a clear overseas police check from the Au Pair's home country before placement in the UK.
The registration process would have made it impossible for a foreign Au Pair to register in advance of joining his/her host family and would result in delays in the placement procedure that could negatively affect the family's childcare arrangements.
As Au Pairs are exempt from National Minimum Wage regulations, and earn pocket money in the region of £70 per week, the £64 VBS registration fee would have been unaffordable.
The process of an Au Pair registering with the ISA would have been cumbersome, causing time delays which could have adversely affected his/her placement prospects and the resultant inconvenience to those host families waiting for the process to be completed.
ISA registration was meant to be compulsory for all Au Pairs placed in the UK? However the Government is not able to police overseas owned Au Pair placement sites on the Internet. This created an anomaly and the Government's decision to waive the compulsory registration of Au Pairs has resolved this issue as far as Au Pairs recruited through UK Au Pair Agencies is concerned. It is hoped this will discourage the public from recruiting Au Pairs from websites controlled from outside the UK, where usually few or no checks have been carried out.
BAPAA is the voice of the Au Pair industry in the UK and wishes to thank the Department for Children, Schools and Families for their understanding of our concerns