Against the Vetting Database
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Such child protection procedures do little to protect children from the small number of individuals who would do them harm. Instead, they damage adult-child relations and undermine the capacity of adults to contribute to childrens welfare. Vetting calls into question the informal ways adults in a community collaborate in rearing children: from the local enthusiast running a football team, to the volunteer who helps out at school. Adults become more concerned with covering their backs than passing on their insights to the next generation. Children become a no-go area: local sports teams and youth groups are struggling to find volunteers; some teachers are scared to put a plaster on a childs knee; and there are worrying cases of adults passing by injured or endangered children. We call for a more rational approach to adult-child interactions, and for the Vetting Database to be urgently reconsidered.