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Kelly statement on protecting our children welcomed

19 January, 2006


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Children and Young People, West Belfast MLA Sue Ramsey has welcomed the statement from Ruth Kelly that anyone with a conviction for sexual offences against children will be banned from teaching but said that it is vital that we address the bigger picture and address the situation of people working in any environment where they come into close and repeated contact with children, young people or vulnerable adults.

Ms Ramsey said:

"This commitment has to be welcomed. However it is essential that we look at the bigger picture and address the situation of people working in any environment where they come into close and repeated contact with children, young people or vulnerable adults, for example the position of those who work as school caretakers or who work with children or voluntary adults on a voluntary basis.

"It is also essential that we develop an all-Ireland response to this issue. We cannot have a situation where anyone convicted of a sexual offence involving children in the north is free to work in the south particularly with the shelving of the Gardaí cross border worker vetting scheme." ENDS

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