Work has started on central register of people working with children

    Children’s minister Margaret Hodge has confirmed that work on a
    central register for people working with children is already
    underway, writes Sally Gillen.

    She told a child protection conference in London this week that her
    department would have completed a scoping exercise on the register
    by the time the Bichard inquiry reconvenes in six months’

    She said: “We are committed to the recommendation in the Bichard
    report that there should be a central register but it is a really,
    really difficult task that we are grappling with.”

    Sir Michael Bichard’s report into the failures that led to Ian
    Huntley’s appointment as a school caretaker, which was published
    last week, recommended that all people working with children should
    be registered, a condition of which could be a photocard.

    It is not yet known how such a system, which could be an
    independent body, would link with the vetting process carried out
    by the Criminal Records Bureau.

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