An inhumane presumption of guilt
As the Savile scandal reaches a new pitch, key principles of criminal justice are being sacrificed at the altar of victimhood.
|Monday 15 October 2012|
Savile: the mad hunt for a conspiracy of witches
With its contagion of accusation and counter-accusation, the Savile scandal has exposed the Salem-style irrationalism of the modern elite.
|Wednesday 3 October 2012|
The savaging of Jimmy Savile
The only beneficiary of the accusations against Savile is the suspicion-spreading child-protection industry.
|Tuesday 3 July 2012|
Why treat sports coaches as potential paedophiles?
Professor Heather Piper tells spiked that ‘no touch’ guidelines in sport are helping to poison adult-child relations.
|Monday 5 September 2011|
The NSPCC doesn’t help kids - it harms them
With its ceaseless promotion of fear and suspicion of adults, the NSPCC undermines organic bonds between generations.
|Monday 8 August 2011|
Daring to criticise child protection policies
As a researcher into ‘no touch’ policies discovered, you criticise child-protection quangos at your peril.
|Monday 14 February 2011|
Freedom Bill: good news and bad news
The Lib-Cons’ overhaul of the vetting of adults who work with children doesn’t go nearly far enough.
|Thursday 10 February 2011|
How the vetting frenzy alienates adults from kids
ESSAY: The state’s vetting of adults working with children suggests it no longer trusts us to use our judgement to socialise the next generation.
|Wednesday 3 February 2010|
‘We’re afraid of our kids, and we’re afraid for them’
Anthony Horowitz, author of the bestselling teenage spy novels, talks to Jennie Bristow about vetting and the poisoning of adult-child relations.
|Monday 14 December 2009|
Still absurd, insulting and authoritarian
Two key campaigners against Britain’s vetting database argue that Ed Balls’ ‘u-turn’ isn’t nearly enough: the vetting regime must be dismantled.
|Wednesday 9 December 2009|
If you’re 16, you’re a potential abuser
With 127,000 children added to the vetting database annually, one young volunteer explains why being 16 is not so sweet.
|Tuesday 10 November 2009|
See? Mothers can be sex abusers, too
On the flimsiest of evidence, ChildLine and the NSPCC are now even spreading suspicion about the mother-child bond.
|Wednesday 16 September 2009|
Where were the vetting critics three years ago?
The politicians and children’s charities now questioning vetting regulations are the same people responsible for their creation.
|Thursday 20 August 2009|
How about safeguarding innocent adults?
In the name of protecting children, new vetting procedures will condemn adults based on hearsay and dubious decision-making.
|Thursday 13 August 2009|
Why parents should oppose vetting
For generations, parents invited other adults to help raise and care for their kids. Now those relationships are being corroded by the state.
|Friday 17 July 2009|
Why we should support this writers’ revolt
Josie Appleton of the Manifesto Club hails Philip Pullman and other children’s authors who are refusing to submit to criminal records checks.
|Thursday 18 September 2008|
Rule 15: Not everyone you know is a latent paedophile
Allowing everyone to vet their neighbours and partners won’t save children from abuse, but it will have a poisonous effect on community life.
|Thursday 26 June 2008|
Now you need a licence to interact with children
A new pamphlet, published today, argues that the UK government’s hysterical vetting of adults who work with kids is strangling social solidarity.
|Friday 6 June 2008|
Vet the world!
The fetish for vetting anybody who goes near ‘the vulnerable’ is becoming more perverse. Read Mick Hume’s column in The Times.
|Wednesday 25 July 2007|
The ‘culture of vetting’ is destroying trust
Video comment: It is insane that grandmothers voluntarily helping at a facepainting party have to undergo a criminal records check first.