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Proposal to alter child protection rules

5 June 2008

A Holyrood committee has proposed amendments to child protection laws to stop the over zealous use of checks on adults' backgrounds.

MSPs on the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee want changes to the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003 so that parent groups and those using schools to teach adult classes do not have to go through disclosure checks on their background if they have no contact with children.

Adam Ingram, the Children's Minister, said schools were a great resource for communities, so cutting down on background checks would allow them to be used to their full potential.

Labour MSP Ken Macintosh said the over zealous application of child protection rules could be more of a hindrance than a help to children.