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spiked issue: Vetting

-- Tue 16 July --
The state’s ‘uncivilised’ treatment of volunteers
It is the government’s policy of suspicion towards carers that it is undermining help for older people.
by Josie Appleton

-- Wed 24 October --
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.
by Luke Gittos

-- Mon 15 October --
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.
by Brendan O’Neill

-- Wed 3 October --
The savaging of Jimmy Savile
The only beneficiary of the accusations against Savile is the suspicion-spreading child-protection industry.
by Tim Black

-- Tue 3 July --
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.
by Tim Black

-- Mon 5 September --
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.
by Tim Black

-- Mon 8 August --
Daring to criticise child protection policies
As a researcher into ‘no touch’ policies discovered, you criticise child-protection quangos at your peril.
by Heather Piper

-- Mon 14 February --
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.
by Josie Appleton

-- Thu 10 February --
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.
by Jennie Bristow

-- Wed 3 February --
‘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.
by Jennie Bristow

-- Mon 14 December --
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.
by Appleton and Panton

-- Wed 9 December --
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.
by Patrick Hayes

-- Tue 10 November --
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.
by Tim Black

-- Wed 16 September --
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.
by Josie Appleton

-- Thu 20 August --
How about safeguarding innocent adults?
In the name of protecting children, new vetting procedures will condemn adults based on hearsay and dubious decision-making.
by Josie Appleton

-- Thu 13 August --
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.
by Jennie Bristow

-- Fri 17 July --
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.
by Josie Appleton

-- Thu 18 September --
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.
by Jennie Bristow

-- Thu 26 June --
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.
by Frank Furedi

-- Fri 6 June --
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.
by Mick Hume

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