In the good old days of English law one could always count on the fundamental premise that one was innocent, until proven guilty.
That was of course the good old days, before Nanny and her child centric policy (that has done much to breed a nation of self centred, spoilt, immature, illiterates) came along, and decreed that the risk of children being attacked was so great that the basic rule of law must be overturned.
Nanny's local authorities, who once were only meant to keep the streets clean and provide basic local services, have now taken it upon themselves to act as Nanny's storm troopers. They are setting up databases to hold records of accusations made about anyone from teachers and doctors to Scout leaders, priests and private tutors.
The accusations can be made anonymously, in the best traditions of a dictatorship, and will be looked into be specially employed staff (not the police). The staff will also inform the police police, social services or the adult's employer and keep a track of the case.
The specially recruited staff are called Local Authority Designated Officers (LADO's), whose job it is to record and monitor allegations of abuse.
The details of the allegation will be kept on the accused's personnel file until they retire, so that they can be seen by potential employers.
The only way that the adult can redeem himself/herself is to PROVE that they are innocent.
This of course is contrary to the fundamental principle of English law.
A culture of anonymous tip offs will foster an environment whereby the system will be used by people to settle old scores, and to conduct personal vendettas. It will become the modern day version of witch burning.
Professor Frank Furedi, a sociologist at the University of Kent, said:
"Those who are accused may become the lifetime victims of these allegations.
It then creates an incentive to make those sorts of accusations by people who know it can affect someone's career.
This will play into the hands of those who believe there is no smoke without fire."
Nanny doesn't care, a spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families said:
"It is quite right that records of all allegations are kept on file for an appropriate time.
This saves the need for unnecessary reinvestigations, and provides concrete evidence relating to an allegation rather than rumour or hearsay.
If similar allegations arise in the future it might be possible to make the case that a pattern of behaviour is emerging, and that action might then be taken."
Who defines an "appropriate time"?
This is wrong, and will be used by those with less than honourable intentions to further their own agendas and careers.
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