Saturday, September 12, 2009

Think Of The Children. (Unless You Are On The Register)

Compulsory CRB checks for anyone who has any official contact with children ever seems like a waste of time to me. Aside from discouraging adults from having any interaction with children, it doesn't seem like a particularly effective method of protecting children in any case.

There are around 16 million children in Britain, let's suppose that there are around 15 million parents of children ( a very rough estimate of course but that doesn't matter for now). Assuming that maybe 1 in 15 of them wishes to get involved with helping children other than their own that would require 1 million CRB checks each year. This is a guesstimate but it seems like a reasonable ball park figure. Each test costs around £30, so let's say the total cost of all this is £30 million (not including the cost of lost volunteers).

Meanwhile there are around 30000 people on the sex offenders register. Why not take the £30 million and add £1000 per known offender in additional funding, for monitoring the people on the register? With that money they could easily carry out a number of random spot checks on each known offender throughout the year, in addition to the sex offender monitoring that already occurs.

Since it is effectively impossible to check every single person who has access to children in any case the whole thing amounts to trying to catch water with a sieve in any case and risks creating false complacency about child safety by pretending that comprehensive monitoring is possible when it is not and probably never will be.


Obnoxio The Clown said...

Your mistake was in assuming that there was any kind of reason or logic behind this.

Anonymous said...

Um, but there is reason and logic behind this.

Extending the power of the state at the expense of liberty.

This is the ground state of all governments which is why mini-anarchism won't work.

JuliaM said...

"Since it is effectively impossible to check every single person who has access to children.."

It's not, though.

It's merely eye-wateringly expensive and hideously illiberal.

James Higham said...

Obnoxio got it in one.

Ross said...

Our wise and enlightened leaders are always guided by reason and logic.

"It's not, though.

It's merely eye-wateringly expensive and hideously illiberal."

I'd say it's impossible, even if you check everyone who has official contact with the children it is always possible that someone else with contacts with an approved person will get close to the children.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't you just tatto sex offenders? Some where discrete e.g. the big toe. Then when people go for a job with children you just have to inspect their big toe?

It would be a lot cheaper and easier. Although it would make sunbathing harder for sex offenders - but I can cope with that.