Highly Worthwhile, Don\’t You Think?

Hundreds of thousands of parents will be banned from ferrying children to sports matches next year unless they have had criminal records checks, under new rules.

The clampdown is part of an escalation in child protection policies which will see 11 million adults vetted before they come into contact with children or vulnerable adults.

Under new regulations, parents who are asked by the organisers of a children\’s sports team to take other children to sports fixtures like football or cricket matches will have to be vetted.

However, the rules are open to misinterpretation because checks are not necessary if a parent offers to give a lift to a friend\’s children to a match without telling the local club.

So the same action, giving a kid a lift to a footie game, requires a CRB check if the club asks you to do it and does not if a parent asks you to do it?

It\’s difficult to escape the idea that the world\’s gone mad really.

10 comments on “Highly Worthwhile, Don\’t You Think?

  1. What if the parent is a member of the club?

    How does this one fit in? Last week in our Golf Club Championship a 15yo girl entered. In the first round she was drawn with 3 men and the second 2 men me being one of them). This means she was out in the wilds on her own with male adults.

    Will we need CRB checks next year? if so all that will happen is that those who don’t think she or other juniors should have entered will get there way because nobody will submit to these checks so that they can play.

  2. Great Simpleton, as an adult male surely you realise you’re potentially a paedophilic rapist and it is only reasonable to assume that you are until proven otherwise.

    I’ve had at least five CRB checks. Every new position requires one, even if you only had one done some months ago. Constantly having to reaffirm that you don’t fiddle with kids veers towards the insulting after awhile.

  3. “Great Simpleton, as an adult male surely you realise you’re potentially a paedophilic rapist and it is only reasonable to assume that you are until proven otherwise.”

    As the feminist dogma goes, all men are rapists, it’s just that some haven’t committed the crime yet. It’s a logical step from this to all adults.

    I get the feeling that we’re about to reach a tipping point, and that the whole stupid ideology is going to get thrown in the bin. The catalyst may be economic turmoil: petty but costly worries are a luxury for when the times are good.

  4. This initiative is highly worthwhile, for the gooberment at least. Each check requires a payment to the CRB Government Department of between 39 & 50 quid. If you are looking at 11 million checks that is something approaching half a billion quid.

  5. “…petty but costly worries are a luxury for when the times are good.”

    Yes, but for the tin pot little dictators that now infest all our institutions, the times are always good….

  6. But, but, but… when our nipper was young, it was fairly routine to find myself ferrying 5 or 6 wee girls all over the place. That’s how wee girls like to travel – in flocks.

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