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JUDGE CRITICISES 'HASTY' ANTI-PAEDOPHILE RULES

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A judge has ruled that a grandfather should be prevented from caring for his grandaughters, upholding regulations a...
A judge has ruled that a grandfather should be prevented from caring for his grandaughters, upholding regulations aimed at curbing paedophiles, reports The Guardian (p11).

Mr Justice Scott Baker said that 'hastily drawn up regulations' had greatly distressed many families, but insisted they did mean the grandfather, known as Mr B, could not be formally approved as a foster parent because he was convicted 36 years ago for having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

The courts and Kent CC's social services department, aware of Mr B's conviction, had said the adoption by the young girls' grandfather would have been the best option.

The judge confirmed that everyone was agreed that Mr B presented no risk to the children, but stated that the regulations provided a blanket prohibition.

Pat Verity, of the National Foster Care Association, said after the case: 'We support the spirit behind these regulations, but they were brought in without any concern about the knock-on effects.'
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