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The Independent Safeguarding Authority's first annual report reveals that it sent an email with confidential data to the wrong address.

The incident, which occurred in the organisation's first full year of operation, was followed by an investigation which concluded that the lapse was due to human error rather than procedural failures, according to the ISA's annual report and accounts for 2008-09.

Staff awareness of information governance legislation is regarded as highly important, says the document. At inductions employees are given training about data protection, freedom of information and information security.

The report says the training is "proven" to raise awareness and embed security and information governance into the ISA's culture.

Although the organisation has plans to recover from an IT disaster, the document says that it has not yet developed a full business continuity plan.

The ISA was set up in response to the Bichard enquiry which followed the murder of two young children in Soham by the school caretaker Ian Huntley. Its role is to decide who should be statutorily barred from working with children and vulnerable adults through its Vetting and Barring Scheme.

From 1 November 2010 it will be mandatory for all people taking new jobs or changing jobs in relevant roles to be registered with the ISA. However, the Conservative Party has said it plans to review the scope of the scheme if elected to government.

This article was originally published at Kable.

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