If anyone wants to see a real life example of how we've moved away from the concept of innocent unless proven guilty, how innuendo and false allegations can be held against you by the authorities, and how dangerous the ISA is, read this thread. http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/sho ... ?t=1620163
It's very very long so I'll summarise the 26-page saga into a medium length explanation.
A carer with years of service is accused of theft during a home help visit. It later transpires that the client has (a) a history of making claims against helpers and (b) can't actually say for definite money has gone. The police are nevertheless called in.
The carer is asked to attend a voluntary interview at the police station, but on arrival is arrested, swabbed for DNA, fingerprinted and photographed, and held for hours. The allegation is that within a four day period a sum of money went missing and she visited the house once during that time. She visits other clients and is told a neighbour of one client in a block of flats had a bra stolen from a package in a communal hall way. Because of the first allegation they’ve linked her to the second. Whilst in custody the police search her house and rifle through her underwear drawer looking for the missing bra - a completely different size to the ones she wears.
The investigating officer informs her employer that he thinks she is guilty. They sack her.
The police also inform her that they already had her on their system. Years previously a former elderly client was robbed whilst on a day trip with her family. The carer wasn’t even around that day, but the police and social service authorities decided to link her to the theft on their systems – she and her then employer were never informed of this or given an opportunity to rebut the claims – it just went on her record.
The case against her is dropped as there’s no evidence that the first theft actually happened, or that she had anything to do with the second theft. She launches an unfair dismissal case against her employer and they settle to her satisfaction out of court. She complains against the officer who informed the employer she was guilty. Her complaint is upheld. However, the police refuse to delete her DNA.
She puts the saga behind her and gets a new job. Months later the Independent Safeguarding Authority has contacted her to say that because of the multiple allegations against her, it is investigating her with a view to putting her on the list of people barred from contact with children and vulnerable adults. She is at her wits end.
It’s a terrifying saga with no end in sight, and shows just how vulnerable people are – particularly those in caring roles – to long-term damage as a result of false or mistaken allegations.