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Parents face further checks

11 September 2009

From October 2009 it will be a criminal offence for parents who regularly drive children for sports clubs or other children’s clubs to do so unless they are registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). This means those parents will have to undergo a criminal record bureau check (CRB) before they can help.

I am a supporter of the ISA scheme and the wide ranging improvements recommended by Sir Michael Bichard, but is this really what he had in mind when he talked in his report about vetting those that worked with children? Surely a line has to be drawn between those who are working/volunteering with children and those that simply ensure that important, social and sporting clubs and events continue to run?

Will parents be willing to undergo these checks and if not, will clubs fold?

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