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Why child protection has gone too far

A new vetting scheme for adults who work with children is too draconian and almost certain to be counter-productive. An example of government getting too big for its boots?

By Ben Rogers   April 2010

A neighbour tells me that, for the last few years, her child’s primary school has encouraged parents to spend 20 minutes every Friday morning reading or drawing with their children and their children’s friends. This activity is valued by parents and is a good example of the parental engagement the government says it wants schools to encourage. But recently teachers began to warn that these sessions might be in violation of the government’s new vetting and barring scheme, designed to safeguard children from dangerous adults. I check with the scheme, and it turns out that it is indeed in violation.…

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