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New legislation will make it an offence knowingly to employ a convicted paedophile, BBC Radio Four's Today programm...
New legislation will make it an offence knowingly to employ a convicted paedophile, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

Employers and organisers of voluntary groups, such as children's clubs, could be jailed for up to five years if they allow 'unsuitable' people to work with children, the programme reported. 'Unsuitable' would mean adults jailed for a year or more for crimes against children.

A government report published today (see LGCnet) outlines measures to prevent child abusers from working with children, Today reported. Home secretary Jack Straw is promising to legislate as soon as possible, the programme said.

The plans have been welcomed by children's charities and youth groups, reports The Guardian (p10).

An NSPCC spokeswoman said: 'The proposals, especially the sanction against employers, are tough but rightly so. We look forward to them being implemented as soon as possible.'

The measures have been drawn up by a cross-Whitehall working group and build on the provisions of the Protection of Children Act, which establishes the records bureau and extends ministers' powers to ban unsuitable people from working with children in health and social care as well as in education.

Under the further proposals, roles such as school governor, membership of a local authority social services committee and trustee of a children's charity would be banned.

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