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CROYDON LBC LOSES RIGHT TO ISSUE WARNINGS ABOUT KNOWN CHILD ABUSERS IN CIVIL CASES

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Councils lost the right at the court of appeal yesterday to warn other authorities about individuals found to be pa...
Councils lost the right at the court of appeal yesterday to warn other authorities about individuals found to be paedophiles in civil proceedings, reports The Guardian (p6).

Two men described as a danger to children won an appeal against an earlier court decision to allow Croydon LBC to send warning letters that referred to evidence of child abuse which came to light during child care proceedings under the Children Act.

Neither man can be placed on the police national register of paedophiles because they have never been convicted in a criminal court but both were found to have had improper sexual relations with their own children or their partner's children in child care proceedings.

Robert Hutchinson, spokesman for the Association of Directors of Social Services, said the decision by the court of appeal had major ramifications.

He said: 'The commonsense approach would be to share information about people considered a danger to children so that a full assessment of risk is made and a pln to safeguard children put in place.'
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