The Daily Mail are reporting that Manor Community College in Cambridge is to ban any visitor who has not been checked by the Criminal Records Bureau.
The Head of the Secondary School claims the decision is necessary to prevent strangers walking around the premises. But also admits that 'volunteers, visitors and contractors' will be hit with the ban.
So, unless Manor Community College is unique in that there are a slew of strangers wanting to check out Year 5's latest art project, what this measure will actually achieve is reducing the number of volunteers able to donate their time and energy to help out stressed teachers at sports days or similar events.
This come after the news reported this morning in the Daily Telegraph that:
More than 125,000 teenagers are now having their backgrounds checked each year, official figures show, even if they just help younger pupils at school or volunteer as sports coaches…
…Young people who work as lifeguards at swimming pools are having to undergo CRB checks, as are those who volunteer at nursing homes, and sixth-formers who do work experience with vulnerable groups such as refugees.
Many more children will have their pasts scrutinised for sex offences under the terms of the Independent Safeguarding Authority, which comes into force in July 2010.
By the time it is fully operational, in 2015, an estimated 11.3million people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will have to be vetted before they can start work or volunteer with children or vulnerable adults.
Not content with poisioning the way children view adults, the government is effectively making the fear of being left alone with young children the first step into adulthood for 16 year-olds.
The CRB is the rotten core at the heart of the national obsession with peodophilia. It seriously hinders volunteerism, has frightened many adults into not spending time with the young children of friends and family and is on the verge of making scouts and sports clubs a thing of the past.
The CRB is fast becoming a symbol of the so-called 'broken society' and needs urgent reform.
By Dylan Sharpe