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Shooting Views: The Age of Accusations


Shooting Views: The Age of Accusations

A mother tells her daughter off on a bus, a father chastises his son for naughty behaviour and a parent leaves her toddler with a teenager while she picks up some milk. What do these parents have in common as a result of their actions? A criminal record and an end to their career plans.  In this edition of Shooting Views we meet Mervyn Barrett from NACRO, a charity working with offenders. Mervyn recounts these shocking stories and explains that changes in the law mean accusations are treated as reality and people’s lives are being destroyed.

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KingsNewClothes said:

Welcome to The Child Abuse Industry!
These days, its not men in dirty raincoats hanging about in parks we are talking about here, but men in expensive suits sitting in plush offices being paid fat salaries (usually on the tax payers) to dream up ever more ingenious ways to accuse people of ‘abuse’.
The government should shut down the CRB and the ISA immediately. There are better, cheaper and far more accurate ways to protect children and vulnerable groups. All this is doing is creating paranoia. I know ex-offenders who are constantly having to deal with this nonsense. Are we saying as a society that we just won’t ever forgive people, no matter now long ago they committed their offence. Nonesense, shut the whole lot down and start again.

Lauren said:

One word, ABSURD! The Age of Accusations gets straight to the point highlighting everything that is wrong with CRB checking and vetting. These aren’t just individual stories on a one off basis, Nacro are receiving thousands of calls a week from genuinely concerned people with criminal records (including minor offences that even myself was unaware were considered criminal) as they are afraid of the repercussion’s they may face if they apply for a prospective job or voluntary work. I was absolutely flabbergasted listening to how law abiding individuals have had their lives devastated by one incident of misjudgement and now afflicted with the consequences of having a criminal record. CRB checking and vetting are extreme and excessive measures that sadly alienate ordinary people from fulfilling their potential through fear of being deemed an “offender.” I say there is only one solution here and it is not revising the policies of the CRB, but abolishing it altogether!

Ceri Dingle said:

We need more people, organisations & MPs to be brave enough to demand the scrapping of the vetting and barring scheme. It is amazing that organisations are going along with it in case someone ludicrously suggests they don’t care about children or are harbouring paedophiles. The scheme is already destroying lives based on rumour and finger pointing. It has also whipped up suspicion & fear & will never protect children in fact it may leave children in an even more precarious position as trust of adults is undermined. Pieces of paper will never protect anyone, using our own judgement will and this scheme undermines just that.

xtina said:

I remember my mum had smacked me for being naughty at school once. It wasn’t brutal, just a slap to the wrist. But a teacher saw it happen and threatened to report her to social services and the police! My mums a care worker for the elderly so if any actions were taken further it could have seriously affected her career.
I think these vetting laws are kind of pointless. An accusation and a piece of paper has the power to ruin your life. Very interesting report

Jane Arnot said:

It is shocking, scary in fact. I am quite stunned that you can just be reported by some over zealous distrusting member of the public for doing something they dissaprove of and get your life ruined. It means we aren’t even guilty untill prooved innocent which is bad enough we’re just guilty – period. That is really frightening.