A review of a Government scheme to vet around 11 million adults who care for other adults or vulnerable children has been ordered by Children’s Secretary Ed Balls.

Mr Balls has said the “right balance” has to be struck on how many people need to be covered under the Vetting and Barring scheme.

Parents and carers have been angered by the fact that those who give regular lifts to other children on behalf of clubs such as the Cub Scouts would need to undergo criminal record checks.

Currently, people who volunteer in school exchange programmes would also have to undergo checks by the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

ISA Chairman Sir Roger Singleton will carry out the review, and a report is expected by the beginning of December.