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Monday, February 25, 2013

Nanny's 57,000 Felons

Despite Coalition promises to do away with (or at least tone down) the requirements that all and sundry be vetted lest they wish to interact with children, it transpires that the promise was nothing more than hot air.

The Telegraph reports that over 57,000 volunteers (of which 11,000 were mothers, fathers and grandparents) have been subjected to Nanny's vetting procedure this academic year thus far.

It seems that instead of a reduction in the number of "vettings", the total number this academic year will exceed last year's!
The Manifesto Club has issued a report that highlights the fact that many parents are being treated like “felons on remand” after volunteering to help read with young children, supervise school trips, take part in language exchanges, lead a “walking bus” and help out at discos.

Some are even being forced to register with the Criminal Records Bureau to escort their children into the school building or watch sons and daughters playing sport.

Unsurprisingly the vetting process is putting many people off volunteering, as they are made to feel like “second-class citizens” by hostile fearful schools that now resemble prisons (shrouded in barbed wire, with electronic entry systems etc) rather than places of learning and enlightenment.

Nanny's Department for Education spokeswoman said:
We expect headteachers to take a common-sense approach to criminal record checks and adhere to the changes this government brought in to ensure the vetting system was scaled back to sensible levels.” 
Well Nanny might "expect common-sense", but that clearly is not an expectation that is being fulfilled.

The result of living in a Nanny state has turned many people into box ticking automatons, devoid of common-sense and responsibility. Thus Nanny's schools are giving kids a very ugly lesson indeed; fear all adults, abrogate your responsibilities by ticking boxes and let the state do your thinking for you.

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  1. Anonymous12:26 PM

    Seeing as how the average nonce would have committed hundreds of offences before he is eventually caught, these criminal record checks are worthless when it comes to protecting children.
    However, they are invaluable to institutes that use them because if a child in their care is ever abused, they can proudly say that they took all ‘reasonable’ steps to protect the victim.

    1. Plus of course, they're a nice little earner for Nanny as these checks aren't done for free.

  2. Lord of Atlantis1:51 PM

    They are in the public interest, though, Tonk! (not!)

    What about someone who has no criminal record but is a serial abuser? In any case, most cases of abuse are carried out by members of the victims' own families or someone well known to them, not usually complete strangers. This has less to do with saving children, but a lot more to do with controlling British citizens and ripping them off even further! The problem is that Nanny's propaganda machine has terrified parents into believing all adults are paedophiles, so they are happy to see more and more draconian measures introduced, with the result that fewer and fewer adults volunteer for such activities as scout or other youth leaders, etc and society is suffering for it.