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childrens lauretes wont visit schools in protest of being forced to be CRB checked!

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lexilex Thu 16-Jul-09 19:50:23

some thing doesnt ring right with this! what have they got to hide. children need to be protected. at my sons school parents have a CRB check if they help in the classroom alot and i dont here any of us wingeing.

morocco Thu 16-Jul-09 19:54:01

any link to story?

no need for visitors to be crb checked cos they're not left alone with the children

Tamarto Thu 16-Jul-09 19:54:29

They are being expected to pay for it themselves.

Tamarto Thu 16-Jul-09 19:56:10

-1748267.html here

saintlydamemrsturnip Thu 16-Jul-09 19:57:19

They're being expected to pay sixty quid out of their own pocket in order to go in a read to children for free. Ridiculous - they're not left alone with the children- what exactly could they get up to?

spongebrainmaternitypants Thu 16-Jul-09 19:58:34


lexilex, don't get your point - they haven't got anything to hide. They just think it's absolutely ludicrous, as do I! They present to groups of 30-odd children, with teachers and TAs present.

We have lost all sense of persepctive on this.

scienceteacher Thu 16-Jul-09 19:58:55

It's very silly. It is not as if a visiting author is every going to be alone with the children.

JohnDory Thu 16-Jul-09 19:59:02

what do you help with?


lexilex Thu 16-Jul-09 20:01:08

spongebrainmaternitypants Thu 16-Jul-09 20:01:36

parent helpers may be on their own with children at times - working one-to-one or in small groups - and have the opportunity to build up relationships with children, something no author is going to do

morocco Thu 16-Jul-09 20:01:38

yawn at whole idea of the vetting forum - quite agree with the authors pov, not just at paying the £60 quid but the whole idea that it is necessary to vet them in the first place.

spongebrainmaternitypants Thu 16-Jul-09 20:02:45

the only losers here are the kids - they get so much out of these visits and now they are going to stop sad

lexilex Thu 16-Jul-09 20:06:09

i just dont see why they are making such a big fuss. i agree with the checks, i know there not foolproof but its a step forward, people would soon have an opinion if something went wrong. ie "why wasnt they checked??"

JohnDory Thu 16-Jul-09 20:07:17

werent they

you mean.

there are cases where people are prosecuted and had been helping in schools but because they had no previous they passed the check.

kathyis6incheshigh Thu 16-Jul-09 20:08:35

There's already a thread about this.
Lexilex - because it won't protect children. It will only prevent the tiny, tiny minority who have committed these crimes and been caught from going into schools.

saintlydamemrsturnip Thu 16-Jul-09 20:30:54

How on earth could anything 'go wrong'. Author in class with teachers and TA and CRB checked parent helpers. How on earth is anything going to go wrong? <scratches head>

spongebrainmaternitypants Thu 16-Jul-09 20:31:56

sorry lexilex, think you're in a minority of one in thinking this is a good idea

Feenie Thu 16-Jul-09 20:39:13

I don't see what makes them so special either. Either everyone who sets foot in a school is CRB checked or they're not - how can you have half measures here just because they are celeb authors? Perhaps making them
pay out of their own pockets is harsh though - maybe the publishers could pay?

jambutty Thu 16-Jul-09 20:40:51

No she isn't, spongebrain. See the other thread.

morocco Thu 16-Jul-09 20:48:40

imagine if everyone who stepped foot in a school had to be CRB checked!

off to check out other thread - intrigued

lexilex Thu 16-Jul-09 20:48:41

exactly feenie. you cant have exceptions,

i also agree that the publishers could pay. how long are the checks valid for?

Feenie Thu 16-Jul-09 20:51:04

And where is the other thread? I can't find it.

kathyis6incheshigh Thu 16-Jul-09 20:53:07

I linked to it in my post at 20.08.

spongebrainmaternitypants Thu 16-Jul-09 20:53:56

jambutty, I'm amazed but stand corrected smile

feenie, everyone who works in a school is CRB checked - so those of us who work daily with children, have access to them unsupervised and have a chance to build a relationship with them, not everyone who sets foot in a school

morocco Thu 16-Jul-09 20:54:07

link worked for me - pleasantly surprised to find most people still thought it was a #bad# idea

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