Bichard’s inclusive list plan is dropped

    The government has confirmed it has scrapped plans to introduce
    a registration scheme for all those working with children because
    it would be “prohibitively costly and impractical to
    implement”.

    The database, one of 31 recommendations made by Sir Michael
    Bichard in his report into the failures that allowed Soham murderer
    Ian Huntley to obtain a job as a school caretaker, was initially
    accepted by the government.

    But in a report published this week, the government says that,
    following a feasibility study, a list that will build on existing
    lists barring unsuitable people will be used instead. The
    Protection of Children Act List 1999 and List 99 will be brought
    together under one registration scheme to be run by a central
    body.

    It is estimated the database will cost £10m to set up and
    between £8m and £10m to run annually in England and
    Wales. A full study to refine costs will be carried out by
    March.

    The government is likely to legislate on the scheme next year
    and the body will be operational by 2007.

    The report also reveals that online child protection training
    for teachers will be introduced in April, and new guidance for
    schools on recruitment and selection will be issued in March.

     

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