Government in climbdown over vetting database
Millions of adults who volunteer to work with children will no longer be forced to undergo criminal records checks after the Government watered down its new vetting system.
The U-turn by Schools Secretary Ed Balls means that leading children’s authors, who said they would stop visiting schools in protest at the new rules, will not now be required to register on a database designed to protect children from paedophiles.
CRB checks routinely carried out on 13 and 14-year-olds
Nearly two thousand 14-year-olds and more than three hundred children aged 13 and younger underwent Criminal Records Bureau checks last year.
They are vetted if they volunteer to help as sports coaches or to teach younger pupils at after-school clubs.
Women go online to share child sex-abuse fantasies
Thousands of women appear to be using the internet to share sexual fantasies of abuse involving children.
An investigation by The Independent on Sunday found a series of websites that depict female-perpetrated child abuse as “natural, educational and enjoyable” for children.
Thousands of youngsters cautioned for drink crimes
The number of children committing drink-related crime has rocketed by more than a quarter in four years, figures show.
Nearly 40,000 children have been fined, cautioned or taken to court for abusing alcohol between 2003 and 2007, according to official statistics.
Child protection team visit Tiger Woods’s home
Child protection officers, escorted by police, are said to have visited Tiger Woods’s home over the weekend following allegations that he and his wife had a violent row over his affairs.
It is routine for investigators from the Florida Department of Children and Families to check the safety of a home after a suspected domestic violence incident.
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