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As part of the government's response to Lord Cullen's recommendations following Dunblane, a consultation document o...
As part of the government's response to Lord Cullen's recommendations following Dunblane, a consultation document on a national information and accreditation system for voluntary youth groups and organisations for children and young people, has been issued today by Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth.

He said:

'The vast majority of adults who come forward to organise and run youth clubs and groups and other organisations for children and young people do so with the best of intentions and with the best interests of the children and young people in mind.

'Sadly, however, some members of our society seek to become involved in such activities for other reasons. These people must not be allowed to use youth and other groups as a means of obtaining access to children.

'Lord Cullen recognised this in his recommendation that there should be a system for the accreditation of clubs and groups voluntarily attended by children and young persons under 16 years of age for their recreation, education or development. The main purpose of such a system would be to ensure that there were adequate checks on the suitability of leaders and workers who have substantial unsupervised access to children and young people.

'I readily accepted that recommendation and agreed to consult with relevant bodies about how it should be implemented. Preliminary discussions have already been held with the major bodies concerned and the consultation paper which I am issuing today takes account of those preliminary discussions.'

The organisations consulted have been given until 16 May to send in comments. Comments should be sent to Social Work Services Group, Room 43BC, James Craig Walk, Edinburgh, EH1 3BA. END

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