Kid panic reaches a new low in the U.K.

At least now Americans can take some small comfort that the paranoia about the safety of the little tykes isn’t only on this side of the Atlantic. The Home Office is apparently making any adult who basically sets foot in a school, like quite famous children’s authors who come to give readings, pay 64 pounds to register for some fucking database, which checks them against child molester databases or some idiotic rot.

As I’ve noted earlier, the level of paranoia about this whole issue is getting really ridiculous, and it leads to horrible oppressions.

Look, people. The probability of some adult’s being a child molester, without knowing anything else about that adult except that s/he writes children’s books, is about the same as the probability of that adult’s being an astronaut.

A spokesman from the Home Office said: “The UK already has one of the most advanced systems in the world for carrying out checks on all those who work in positions of trust with children and vulnerable adults. From October this year the new Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) will ensure these regulations are even more rigorous.

“The new scheme means every individual working in a field that requires more than a tiny amount of contact with children and/or vulnerable adults will have to be vetted. If they are passed, they will be placed on a register that says they are allowed to work in a regulated field. If they are barred, they will go on a separate register and it will be a criminal offence for them to try and obtain work in a regulated field, carrying a penalty of up to five years in prison. It will also be illegal for anyone to employ them.”

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2 Responses to “Kid panic reaches a new low in the U.K.”

  1. homais Says:

    The brits have been insane about this stuff for years. Pedophile (oh, sorry, paedophile) panics happen more regularly than rain. I remember thinking things had gotten really out of hand when a pediatrician had her house vandalized because some not very bright locals evidently mistook “pediatrician” for “paedophile”. I am not making this up:

    http://philia.ws/ph/00/09a.htm

    Also see: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/901723.stm

    Though, in the vandals’ defense, maybe they didn’t mistake the words. Maybe they just thought that anyone who worked that closely with kids must be turned on by it. Which, you know, is just a fine reason to go vandalizing doctors’ houses.

  2. Paul Gowder Says:

    Oh my god. Children screw up everything…

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