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A controversial scheme to introduce a register for many volunteers and parents looking after children is to be scaled back.
A controversial scheme to introduce a register for many volunteers and parents who are looking after children is to be scaled back.
The vetting registration was due to have been put into operation next month, but Home Secretary Therea May has confirmed there is to be a review of the situation.
Criticism had been levelled at the plans because it was felt the need to register would stop volunteers helping charities and going into schools.
Teachers had warned school exchanges could be affected and parents had voiced concerns over whether they would need to undergo checks to look after other children.
Authors, including Philip Pullman, had also criticised the proposed measures because they could have been forced to register to be able to visit schools for talks and creative workshops.
Mrs May described the plans as ‘draconian’ and said: ”You were assumed to be guilty until you were proven innocent and told you were able to work with children. All sorts of groups out there were deeply concerned about this and how it was going to affect them.”
It was estimated if the scheme had gone ahead in late July that nine million people would have been forced to register.