Parents banned from play areas

Council says only adults with criminal record checks are allowed near children

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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.

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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.”

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