RM Campaign Update: September 2021

We must begin this brief update by thanking you once again for your continued support, it really is very much appreciated. Our growing list of supporters is impressive and fills us with confidence that, with your help, the RM campaign will succeed, meet its goals, aims, and objectives, sooner rather than later.

It’s been a while since our last update but please be assured this is not because we’ve been away sunning ourselves, quite the contrary, we’ve been busy planning our next steps.

You will recall our announcement in early summer regarding the completion of the first draft of our Self-Regulatory Framework and we’d like to acknowledge once again the hard work and dedication of those who contributed to this amazing piece of work.

We are now tasked with building on the strong foundations and completing what we’ve started. We look forward very much to working with our colleagues in the sector on this important journey.

As already shared with you, it was our intention to organise an RM event in London this side of Christmas. Sadly, due to the continued disruption caused by Covid-19, this hasn’t been possible. However, please be assured that this event will take place when ready. We’ll update you when we know more.

So what are we doing in the meantime? We’re thrilled to announce that we have formed a ‘Next Steps Working Group’. The RM Next Steps Working Group will carry out developmental work for and on behalf of the Regulation Matters Campaign and, as already mentioned above, aims to complete the Draft Self-Regulatory Framework produced by four RM sub-groups. We will then launch the final document at a House of Commons Reception to Ministers with a view to gaining government support for Nanny Registration and the Regulation of Nanny Agencies.

The RM Next Steps Working Group (NSWG) is made up as follows:

Tricia Pritchard, Chair of the Regulation Matters Campaign - Tricia launched the RM campaign and has been an active member ever since. She is a veteran in her field, with over 35 years experience in the trade union/employment law industry. Tricia is the owner and Managing Director of BAPN, the British Association for Professional Nannies, the only nanny-specific membership association UK-wide.

Jamie Crew, Director, and Partner at Nidum Nannies - Jamie is a qualified paediatric nurse registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK. He has over 20 years nursing experience in Child Health.

He brings a wealth of Child Health, Safeguarding, and Child Development experience to the Next Steps Working Group.

Daniel Weir, Research Analyst, Morton Michel - As Morton Michel’s research analyst, it is Dan’s job to ensure they keep up their half-century-old tradition of really knowing and understanding the childcare sector, particularly the political, policy, and regulatory developments that impact providers day-to-day.

Jackie Thompson, Director at Civil & Corporate Security Ltd, the UK's number 1 DBS service. Established in 2002 and now processing over 500,000 DBS (CRB*) Disclosure Scotland (PVG Scheme/Basic) and Access NI disclosures annually, Civil & Corporate is the largest independent provider in the UK.

We hope you will agree the credentials of those forming the NSWG is impressive. We’re confident that with their sector knowledge and expertise, we will successfully deliver on what we set out to achieve.

Obviously, there’s much yet to do. Our campaign to have compulsory registration and regulation goes on. The completion of a Self-Regulatory Framework produced by key stakeholders within the sector will be a huge step in the right direction and will, we hope, persuade the government to look again at what we propose.

Till next time, the Regulation Matters Campaign Management Team