Working with Children

Health written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether being placed on the sex offenders' register is a criterion for being placed on her Department's list of individuals who are considered unsuitable to work with children.

Photo of Ruth Kelly Ruth Kelly Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills

I have been asked to reply.

My statement, and the accompanying report, of 19 January and further statement of 1 March set out clearly the Government's analysis of, and response to, issues concerning child protection and List 99, together with the action we are taking currently and will be taking in the future.

My Department also maintains the Protection of Children Act list which is a referrals-based system. Following disciplinary action for misconduct, if certain conditions are satisfied, child care organisations must, and other organisations may refer the names of individuals employed in child care positions to the Secretary of State (these are usually employers but a small number of other organisations have the power to refer names). To place an individual on the Protection of Children Act List (otherwise than provisionally), providing she is satisfied that the referral is a valid one, the Secretary of State must form the opinion that:

the referring organisation reasonably considered the person to be guilty of misconduct which harmed a child or placed a child at risk of harm, (whether or not in the course of employment), and that the individual is unsuitable to work with children.

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Graham Wright
Posted on 2 May 2006 6:18 pm (Report this annotation)

Surely a simple 'yes' or 'no' would have done!
In this case I take it, the answer should have been 'no'.