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Freedom Bill sparks child protection jobs scare as CRB checks scaled back

As the Coalition prepares to unveil its new Freedom Bill, many of those employed in the UK’s massive Child Protection Industry fear that their jobs may be at risk as they watch the child protection gravy train gradually slip off the rails.

The government will announce that the controversial Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) will be scrapped and replaced with a more limited scheme whilst Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks will also be significantly scaled back.

The coalition states that its intention is to bring “some common sense” to the issue in an attempt to end the fear that many adults have of working with children.

The proposals will also cover those working with vulnerable adults.

Meanwhile, soon to be out of work child protection ‘experts’ and grim sounding policemen have been popping up all over the airwaves claiming that every child will now be at risk. TheOpinionSite.org is not surprised at this.

Well, they would say that wouldn’t they? Yes, they would …and they have.

There are currently about 2 million people working in child protection in the UK, a country with a population of just over 60 million. Or to put it another way, we have more child protection ‘professionals’ per head of population than any other country in Europe and more than any other country in the world…with the exception of America , which is where the British got their ideas from in the first place.

Governments have used child protection and sex offenders to win votes, charities have made a fortune and want more, crusaders have received far too much publicity. Meanwhile, children believe that all adult men who smile at them must be paedophiles (so does everyone else!) and adults have become terrified of children, often seeing them as a curse that should be avoided at all costs.

And still the child protection lobby claim that they are right.

If that us true, then Britain really is a nation of perverts – of both sexes – and the best idea would be for all children to be locked up out of harms way; which, thanks to the fear that the ‘experts’ have created, is largely how they are treated nowadays anyway.

Yet the irony  – and this is something that the child protection zealots, politicians, policemen and others with vested interests are terrified of admitting – is that most abuse takes place within the home and is not committed by those from whom these ‘professionals’ claim to be protecting our children.

The facts show that there is actually very little ‘stranger danger’ and that CRB checks and all the other mechanisms directed towards strangers abusing children is not only too expensive but also socially corrosive.

TheOpinionSite.org, together with very many others, believes that the perceived threat to children from strangers is a myth that is perpetuated by those who make their comfortable living from an industry created from and driven by paranoia and fear.

Policemen, who should know better, together with child charities claim that all sex offenders re offend. However, the facts show that they do not. The ‘protectors‘, including outfits like CEOP, claim that there should be no limit to the amount of money that they can spend on making the lives of ordinary people an absolute misery. They claim that all children are potentially at risk. They are not and never have been. Parents are not that stupid and neither are most children, even the very young.

Money that should be spent on educating children is instead being wasted on their imagined protection.

All the child protection measures currently costing so much money only target those who have already been convicted. Yet the most obvious truth is that they are not the potential threat. It is the rest of us; those who have not been caught.

In order to really protect children, every member of every family would need to be checked – including all children. Believe it or not, 33% of those convicted of sexual offences are children themselves. Such is the madness to which this country has finally come.

The scaling back of  CRB checks and the scrapping of the VBS do not represent a threat to children. However, the measures are a threat to some unscrupulous employers who ask for CRB checks even when they are unnecessary. The proposals are therefore to be welcomed.

Those ‘professionals‘ and ‘protectors‘ about to lose their jobs – and there seems to be little sympathy for them – should thank themselves fortunate that they have had it so good for so long. They have had their time and must now move over for a more realistic and pragmatic approach.

TheOpinionSite.org can already hear the outcries and terrifying warnings of danger from the NSPCC (already heavily funded by government by the way), Childline, Kidscape, and all the other multitudinous money grabbing leeches that started with good intentions and instead turned into a multi-million pound industry that everyone in power seems afraid to criticise. We suggest that they all keep quiet, move over and let common sense and reason take their place.

7 Responses to Freedom Bill sparks child protection jobs scare as CRB checks scaled back

  1. Bernadette Wallace
    September 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    This Crb check , has gone to far , i knoow children and vunerable adults should be protected as i myself was abused has a child . I do believe everyone as a second chance but not the people who abuse children or vunerable adults ,I have had a check done on myself and it has brought up all my childhood misdemeanours and 2 convictions i had 15 yrs ago . Why cannot they put on the crb check only information that will be relevent to the job you are applying for , .eg ( teacher ) any offence against children or on a list of sex offenders Vunerable adults , ,eg GBH murder etc . This crb check is a money making racket and is losing a lot of good people their jobs , for convictions in the past , as i myself i am a good person never harmed anyone just done some stupid mistakes in my life abd now paying for it , has i cannot get a job in which i love doing due to these CRB checks ,

  2. vicky
    February 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Here, here and its about time. There are far too many checks and restrictions these days. Believe me, as a mother of two i understand the need to keep children safe, however, i also feel that the rigourous checks that are needed at the moment are preventing many very good people from this line of work.

  3. Martha
    August 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    IMO, the Freedom Bill will cut back the lunatic requirement on adults taking children to football training or cathedral flower arrangers to obtain a criminal record check.

  4. February 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    There is very little sympathy for those about to lose their jobs due to the scaling back.

    There are thousands of innocent people being portrayed has a risk to children that have already lost their careers whose lives have been ruined by police because they choose to disclose information of non convictions ie hearsay,rumours, gossip.
    Even the Judges are protecting the police as in the Desmond case, a man that is clearly innocent and is deprived of challenging the decision to disclose by the police.
    It has come to something when you are innocent you have to prove your innocent and then denied the opportunity to appeal to the supreme court.

  5. allan
    February 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    This IS sheer madness, if allowed to continue it will hold dire consequences for the future of this country.

  6. suetiggers
    February 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    We here in America have been reeling from these insane and unending “child protection” bills and laws. Men (mostly) who are not dangerous to pre-pubescent children have lost their jobs, their homes, their families and the vigilantes here have had a field day. Also, our very public for-your-viewing-pleasure public registry is very popular with too many folks who have been brainwashed by our drama-driven media (ala FOX).
    The unscrupulous politicians and overly zealous prosecutors looking to make a name for themselves have had a field day.
    Are children protected anymore? No evidence of this whatsoever. Dangerous child predators, however, do get to hide better from being watched properly because of the bloated registry. We’ve had one infamous case where a predator kidnapped a child for 18 yrs., gave her two children before they found him…and he was IN COMPLIANCE with the law as a sex offender.
    But, America loves drama, esp. about dangers to children. Yet we are pretty low among western countries for taking care of them in other ways, health, education,etc.

    • Raymond Peytors - theopinionsite.org
      February 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      What you have said should be a very serious warning to Britain. People ignore it at their peril.

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