Scots delay new staff check rules

    The Scottish executive has backed down over the implementation of
    new child protection legislation that voluntary groups fear could
    see workers desert them.

    The delay, of three months, to the implementation of the Protection
    of Children Scotland Act 2003 was made because the voluntary sector
    felt it had not been given enough time to prepare.

    The decision, announced by deputy education minister Euan Jones
    last month, means that new legal requirements for employers to
    check whether volunteers working with children and young people are
    suitable will now come in on 11 April rather than 10 January as
    initially planned. However, the List of Adults Unsuitable to Work
    with Children, for new volunteers to be checked against, will still
    start operating from 10 January.

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