OK so Ruth Kelly has announced another tranche of measures to prevent those with records of sexual violence from working with young people and vulnerable adults. Whilst there is a long overdue need to tighten the legislation, impose fines on organisations who don’t take it seriously and protect young people and vulnerable adults as a matter of course rather than exception, I find the whole thing a bit odd. After all isn’t this from the woman who gave her permission for particular sex offenders to work in schools? How will the £5,000 fine work in that case? Employers are fine unless the tabloid press finds out?
I don’t tend to blog negatively about politics and new measures but the phrase too little, too late does rather spring to mind!