Azara Blog: A quarter of adult population will be on "child protection" database

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Date published: 2008/06/03

The BBC says:

More than one in four adults in England will have to register with child protection authorities next year, under an expanded safeguarding scheme.

Anyone working or volunteering with young people will have to register.

The government says 11.3 million people will be on a database, with registration costing £64 per person.

But employers giving work experience to secondary school students will not be compelled to register their staff, says the government's consultation response.

The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), which will launch in October 2009, will provide a single agency for vetting the suitability of staff who might work with or help young people.

Setting up the system will cost £84m says the government - with annual running costs expected to be £47m, as details of people on the register, such as changes of job or vetting status, will have to be kept up to date.

The adult population of England is about 40 million, including about 9.5 million retired people. It is proposed that more than a quarter will have to be included on this protection list.
There will be more adults on this vetting list than the total number of under-18 year olds in the country.

This is what happens when you have a hysterical population and when you have a control freak government. If you take the BBC figures as correct then they are claiming that it will cost those people who have to register a total of 64 x 11.3 = 723 million pounds to do so. And yet allegedly setting up the system will cost "only" 84 million pounds, and the annual running cost is allegedly "only" 47 million pounds. So if the government is not raking in a huge profit at the expense of people forced to register, then it looks like they are looking at a timescale of (723-84)/47 = 13.6 years for the payback period. In any case, it would be interesting to know how many crimes against children are supposedly going to be prevented by the introduction of this database, if any, and is it worth throwing nearly a billion pounds down the drain to achieve this.

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