Hundreds of thousands of parents will be banned from ferrying children to sports matches next year unless they have had criminal records checks, under new rules.
The clampdown is part of an escalation in child protection policies which will see 11 million adults vetted before they come into contact with children or vulnerable adults.
Under new regulations, parents who are asked by the organisers of a children’s sports team to take other children to sports fixtures like football or cricket matches will have to be vetted.
However, the rules are open to misinterpretation because checks are not necessary if a parent offers to give a lift to a friend’s children to a match without telling the local club.
So the same action, giving a kid a lift to a footie game, requires a CRB check if the club asks you to do it and does not if a parent asks you to do it?
It’s difficult to escape the idea that the world’s gone mad really.