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EDINBURGH CALLS FOR SEX OFFENDERS HOUSING REFORM

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Edinburgh City councillors yesterday called on the Scottish Office to review guidance on notifying communities on t...
Edinburgh City councillors yesterday called on the Scottish Office to review guidance on notifying communities on the release of convicted sex offenders into the area, reports the Glasgow Herald (p8).

The demand for action comes in the wake of a report by the council's social work department, which raised questions over the issue, says the paper.

Edinburgh social work convenor Brian Cavanagh said: 'It is unacceptable that convicted paedophiles are released back into society, unchanged.

'It is not good enough that this failure of the penal system to treat and rehabilitate these dangerous men is then passed on to the most vulnerable communities when they are released.

'Society's responsibility to protect children from sexual abuse cannot be discharged by dumping dangerous men in areas of deprivation and stress and telling parents there to get on with protecting their own children as best they can,' he said.
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