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Crowe - time to protect our children

21 August, 2003

Speaking following a meeting with the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education Seán Crowe expressed his support for the organisation's campaign for a vetting system that can best protect our children.

The Dublin South-West TD said: "It has long been a disgrace in this country that there is no mechanism for employers to vet potential employees who would be working with children. While the overwhelming majority of the men and women working with children in this State are of the highest calibre and the greatest dedication, parents and employers have a right to be cautious.

"This state has one of the least effective vetting procedures in Europe. There is no way for an organisation to check whether the employee they are about to entrust children to might have a previous conviction for child abuse. It is to address this frightening anomaly that the ISPCC's campaign has been launched. It is vital that the employee representative organisations and other stakeholders take this issue seriously and a procedure put in place that protects people's civil liberties, while also protecting our children." ENDS

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