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PostPosted: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 07:03:01 +0000 
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/10314055.stm

Ministers halt child abuse vetting scheme

Page last updated at 05:01 GMT, Tuesday, 15 June 2010 06:01 UK

By Sean Coughlan

The vetting scheme for nine million people working with children and vulnerable adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is to be halted.

Home Secretary Theresa May is to announce that registration, due to begin next month, is to be put on hold.

There will be a review of the entire vetting and barring scheme, with a "scaling back" likely to follow.

Children's authors and school leaders had complained that the plans were an over-reaction.

The government is now contacting 66,000 organisations, including charities, voluntary groups and education authorities, to tell them that the planned registration is being cancelled.

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