In the wake of some terrible reports of child abuse offences recently I was wondering if more could be done for child protection in our society. In particularly, in our schools and in the childcare sector. I was thinking that in order to identify those who are abusers, sex offenders or paedophiles etc; they must have already committed such an atrocity in the first place for it to be recorded. Only then can the child be protected from that particular individual but this means for someone, it’s too late. After all, a paedophile is only a known paedophile once the person gets caught? Same way as a terrorist is only a terrorist after he has committed the offence in the first place. Potentially, it means that every one in society is a potential offender unless otherwise proven. The process of registering for child care, or nursery carer only takes a CBI check which only checks for previous criminal records, which as I said, if you haven’t been convicted of such acts then there is no way you can determine if an individual is a threat to a child. Even then, a CBI check is a one off check upon registration. Once obtained, who knows what happens thereafter. It’s sad to say that when you you’re you child to school, nursery or childminder you have no knowledge of ensuring your Childs safety or any potential risks. The process of fostering and adoption however, is a much more complicated and involved than the childcare registration. The registration for fostering, for example, includes a series of long and in depth interviews conducted by social workers. Courses and training are mandatory and on-going. References are mandatory too. The process is necessary to build a portfolio of your life history and background including your parents, family, work colleagues etc. they even contact your ex spouse if you have one!! Interviews and CBI checks are conducted on everyone in the house and those that may, on occasions, stay overnight. The portfolio is passed to a panel and the whole process can take up to 6 months +. Not water tight, but it’s a damn sight more in depth then just a quick CBI check!! I think that everyone working with children from the head master to a school cleaner should have to go through similar exercise but it seems that there are still people working with children that maybe shouldn’t be. As I said in another thread, it’s not that the situation has got worse, it’s just we tend to hear about more because of increased media coverage nowadays. This however, means we are more educated and aware of what goes really goes on and have better knowledge to deal with it. Armed with this knowledge we can help reduce the number of child abuse cases and at the same time provide better help and support for the victims as well.