Home tutors boycott vetting and barring scheme

Vetting-scheme Three quarters of private tutors are refusing to register for the Independent Safeguarding Authority's vetting and barring scheme, believing it will do nothing to stop paedophiles, a study released today shows.

As reported by the Daily Telegraph:

Of the 525 tutors questioned as part of the research, 74 per cent said they would not sign up for the scheme. 71 per cent said they feared it would create suspicion and undermine trust in all adults working with children

One respondent said: “I am actually quite against it, but sadly, people will probably all the more think you have something to hide if you don't register. I literally feel bullied into it.”

Eight out of 10 people thought the scheme was “way over the top” and would not prevent paedophiles contacting children. 

As we reported recently, It is estimated that around 9 million people will have their backgrounds checked by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) when it is introduced in the summer. And although private tutors aren't compelled to register on the vetting and barring scheme, as the respondent to the survey above says, those that don't will fall under greater suspicion.

In the Big Brother Watch manifesto released yesterday, we have written that we want to see the Independent Safeguarding Authority scrapped within the first 100 days of a new government. There are several reasons for this, but the main ones are:

1. It encourages suspicion and fuels the paedophile-paranoia that infects our society

2. It is an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy ,which is scarring public life and making it very difficult for adults to volunteer with children's groups like after-school sports clubs and the scouts

3. It is yet another state database, affecting 9 million people who will have to surrender their personal details to an unaccountable and expensive quango

GE 2010 If you remain unconvinced, why not try writing to your local primary school to offer to read to the children? Six months down the line I predict you still won't have the necessary clearance.

By Dylan Sharpe