The ISA is under fire from all sides, now for requiring parents to be ‘vetted’ before they can host exchange students:
A Derbyshire head teacher has criticised a proposed new law which requires parents to undergo criminal checks before having exchange students to stay.
Dr Roger Wilkes, of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, in Ashbourne, has written to Children’s Secretary Ed Balls to ask for a review of the proposal.
Dr Wilkes claims the rules do not improve the safety of children, but instead create obstacles stopping parents being host families.
He said: “It’s absolutely right we safeguard children and make sure we are employing the right people but this has now taken things too far.”
Under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 anyone who provides accommodation for under-18s from November 2010 will have to be registered with the independent safeguarding authority.
It’s insane. The government believes that nothing is more important than ‘protection’ and the ‘absence of risk’, but in its race towards its Holy Grails it’s destroying social bonds and informal social networks which have stood the test of time; but no longer. It’s ludicrous to say that only one member of each household needs to be ‘vetted’ – it’s self-contradicting. The ISA is a pointless, vindictive organisation, which is destroying the social fabric in its mad quest to duplicate what existing child protection services (and in this case local communities) should already be doing. As Dr Wilkes says it won’t improve the safety of children and will dramatically increase social alienation. It should be abolished immediately.