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Analysis: Vetting and barring scheme - A high price for workers
Nursery World, 7 October 2009
With debate raging over whether the vetting and barring scheme can keep children safe, those working with them are looking at what it means for the adults, says Karen Faux.
The Government's vetting and barring scheme has made slow progress. First it was due to be introduced in 2008, then this was postponed to 2009, and now it is set to be compulsory by July 2010.
In the light of this timetable, it seems surprising that any media outcry only recently kicked in. It started in July, when several high-profile children's authors, including Philip Pullman, Michael Morpurgo and Anne Fine, said they were not prepared to pay £64 to prove that they were not paedophiles.
Their objection to the scheme was vociferously supported by others, such as children's psychologist Dr Tanya Byron, who was quoted as saying the scheme would fuel a culture of 'paranoia' around children.