There’s no price too high for safeguarding our children, or You know your policy is wrong when…
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As a general rule, the Daily Mail sits somewhere north of Adolf Hitler on the Political Compass, exhibiting an appalling authoritarian streak. As a corrollary of that general rule, if the Daily Mail thinks you have gone too far, you have gone far too far. Yet the Daily Mail is squarely among those decrying the implementation of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.
(a) any form of teaching, training or instruction of children, unless the teaching, training or instruction is merely incidental to teaching, training or instruction of persons who are not children;
(b) any form of care for or supervision of children, unless the care or supervision is merely incidental to care for or supervision of persons who are not children;
(c) any form of advice or guidance provided wholly or mainly for children, if the advice or guidance relates to their physical, emotional or educational well-being;
(d) any form of treatment or therapy provided for a child;
(e) moderating a public electronic interactive communication service which is likely to be used wholly or mainly by children;
(f) driving a vehicle which is being used only for the purpose of conveying children and any person supervising or caring for the children pursuant to arrangements made in prescribed circumstances.
The reality is much more draconian. Point (b) – any form or care or supervision for children – covers any situation in which one adult temporarily looks after another’s children. Moreover, because the act is concerned with periodicity (how frequently an activity takes place) it catches a range of activities which do not happen often, but do happen regularly.
58 Family and personal relationships
(1) This Act does not apply to any activity which is carried out in the course of a family relationship.
(2) This Act does not apply to any activity which is carried out–
(a) in the course of a personal relationship, and
(b) for no commercial consideration.
(3) A family relationship includes a relationship between two persons who–
(a) live in the same household, and
(b) treat each other as though they were members of the same family.
(4) A personal relationship is a relationship between or among friends.
(5) A friend of a person (A) includes a person who is a friend of a member of A’s family.
(6) The Secretary of State may by order provide that an activity carried out in specified circumstances either is or is not–
(a) carried out in the course of a family relationship;
(b) carried out in the course of a personal relationship.
l breaches of the Act. I suspect a wave of cautions is more likely.