I’ve written in the past as to why I didn’t support the previous government’s Vetting & Barring Scheme so I won’t rehearse the arguments again here but I am very pleased to see that the Home Secretary is dramatically reducing the scale and scope of the scheme.
I am sure that some people will assume that this will lead to a flood of attacks by predatory paedophiles, but the facts do not bear out these concerns. Indeed I have seen much which convinces me that much of our current social difficulties are caused by too little contact between children and adults not too much. There is a level of mutual intolerance and a lack of understanding between the generation which must be reduced if we are to have a society that really works well.
I hope this move open a floodgate of future Scout leaders, cadet instructors, football coaches, youth club managers etc. because every youth organisation that I met as the Mayor’s Youth Ambassador said that they were crying out for more adult volunteers.