UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Government’s vetting u-turn long overdue says Laws

Press Release   •   Dec 14, 2009 10:27 GMT

“The existing daft regulations on child protection require even police officers to go through an expensive and bureaucratic registration system," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Children, Schools and Families Secretary.

Commenting on Ed Balls’ announcement that the Government is to water down plans on vetting and barring, David Laws said:

“This u-turn is long overdue. It has been clear for some time that the heavy-handed Government rules on parental vetting were likely to deny opportunities to young people, rather than significantly improve their safety.

“There must, however, be concern about whether the Government’s u-turn is going to go far enough.

“The existing daft regulations on child protection require even police officers to go through an expensive and bureaucratic registration system. It’s not yet clear whether rules of this type are going to be swept away.”