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Thread #65313   Message #1075285
Posted By: Steve Parkes
18-Dec-03 - 08:24 AM
Thread Name: BS: Huntley Guilty
Subject: RE: BS: Huntley Guilty
In England & Wales (don't know about Scotland), anyone who is employed to work with children has to have a police check. This is to make sure they have no convictions or reports against them to indicate they are unsuitable. Until the check is done, they are not allowed to be left alone with children. I expect the checks will become much stiffer now, and maybe they'll be needed for a wider range of jobs.

don't know what the situation is now, but a couple of years ago the Thames Valley Police were way behind with their checking -- several months. Many new teachers were unable to have a class to themselves for ages. Maybe they'll assign more manpower to it now ...