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Regulated activity is work that a barred person must not do. This note provides information on 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). This note is about the law in England and Wales, and in Northern Ireland.

This note comprises a short summary, and a full description.

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


The new definition of regulated activity (i.e. work that a barred person must not do) in relation to children comprises, in summary:

  1. Unsupervised activities: teach, train, instruct, care for or supervise children, or provide advice/ guidance on well-being, or drive a vehicle only for children;
  2. Work for a limited range of establishments (‘specified places’), with opportunity for contact: e.g. schools, children’s homes, childcare premises. Not work by supervised volunteers;

    Work under (i) or (ii) is regulated activity only if done regularly: “regularly” is defined in detail on the following pages under items (a) to (f).

    HM Government is publishing statutory guidance on supervision of activity that would be regulated activity if unsupervised.
  3. Relevant personal care, e.g. washing or dressing; or health care by or supervised by a professional;
  4. Registered childminding; and foster-carers.

See Full description of scope for a full detailed description of the above scope.