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Scheme to register all those who work with children is put on hold

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 16 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3232
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    A controversial “vetting and barring” scheme for people working with children and vulnerable adults, which would have covered most doctors practising in the United Kingdom, is to be halted and recast in a more “commonsense” way by the new Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government.

    The scheme, set up by the previous Labour government in response to the murders of the schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman by the school caretaker Ian Huntley in 2002, would have been the largest child protection register in the world, with nine million adults required to register.

    The scheme covers England, Wales, and …

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