Child Protection

Education and Skills written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether anyone listed on (a) the Register of Sex Offenders and (b) List 99 is employed by the Government or any Government agency in working with children in (i) social services and (ii) social care.

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

The Department does not hold the information requested.

It is a criminal offence for a person who is disqualified from working with children under the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 to apply for, offer to do, accept, or do any of the work with children set out in the Act. It is also an offence for an employer knowingly to offer, or fail to remove, a disqualified individual from such a position.

People who are included on List 99 on the grounds of being unsuitable to work with children, and those who are included permanently on the Protection of Children Act List, are automatically disqualified from working with children under the 2000 Act.

There is a duty on child care organisations (ie organisations concerned with the provision of social or health care services to children) to check that any prospective employees who they intend to employ in child care position are not included on the Protection of Children Act List or List 99. If they are, the organisation must not offer employment to that person.

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