Council says only adults with criminal record checks are allowed near children
Parents have been banned from adventure playgrounds because a council says only adults with criminal record checks can be allowed near children, reports The Metro. All grown-ups have been excluded from two play areas in Watford, apart from a few council-vetted ‘play facilitators’, who will help youngsters.A council notice was sent to parents informing them of the ban. Claude Knights, founder of Kidscape, said, “Caring parents shouldn’t be viewed as a threat. You’re in a better position to look after your children than council staff.” But Mayor Dorothy Thornhill said the council is just enforcing government policy. “Sadly, in today’s climate, you can’t have adults walking around unchecked in a children’s playground.” Ofsted have re-assured worried parents that only people working with children needed to be checked, and not all adults on the premises. “We would never seek to prevent parents and carers having access to their own children.”What do you think of the ban? Let us know below….
Another clever idea from those good old council folk.
How are you supposed to let your children play?I refuse to have a criminal record check just to play with my own children.Are they planning on bringing back park keepers to police this?
Little common sense,please.
There is(or at least was last time I was there)a park in London called Coram's Field.It's near Great Ormond Street Hospital.There is a gated entrance,and only children or adults acccompanying them are allowed in.That's cos it's a special park for children only.Most playgrounds are part of a larger park,open to everyone.
It doesn't make the world a safer place just by turning all adults into criminals,worse than that we're all out to harm children.What a horrible paranoid world we're bringing our children up in.What's happening to their/our freedom
thats really pushing it!
I really hope that doesn't catch on with our council-I adore the swings!!!!! I do go with the lads,so surely they can't stop me going on????
I'd be gutted!!! My fave is the slide in the indoor playarea-as I have to pay for Jc,who just sits in a ball pool,I make sure I get his moneys worth-the slide is massive and I try and wear cords so I go faster!!!!!
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