Sunday, January 22, 2006

Taking the Register

The original idea was simple. Anyone who committed a sex related crime would be recorded on a register of sex offenders. Anyone applying to work with children - especially in schools, social services, foster care, health care - would be subjected to a vetting process, including a review of whether or not they were on the register. The UK was pioneering this (though California has been doing it for many years).

It emerged last week that 298 individuals on the list were allowed to work in schools. Well, technically 210 were given permission and 88 were not disbarred (go figure). The decision in the end was made by a Minister on the advice of the local police.

Not quite what people thought was happening. In fact, it looks to me like it may actually help you get that extra attention needed to secure a job...

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