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Monday, March 2, 1998 Published at 04:10 GMT



UK

Paedophiles 'must be tolerated'
image: [ For some sex offenders ordinary housing may not be suitable, the Institute says ]
For some sex offenders ordinary housing may not be suitable, the Institute says

Local councils are being urged to not to impose blanket bans on the housing of sex offenders.

The advice comes in national guidelines published by the Chartered Institute of Housing, which warns that such bans may put the public at even greater risk.


The Chief Executive of the CIH, Christine Laird, discusses the issue on BBC Radio4's 'Today' programme (1'55")
The Institute, the professional body representing housing officers, says that recent incidents across the country, in which convicted or suspected paedophiles have been attacked or driven from their homes, could prove counter-productive.

It suggests that such action could drive sex offenders 'underground' where it is more difficult to treat and monitor them.

However, the guidelines, which are the first to have been published on the issue, do accept that for some high risk offenders, mainstream housing is out the question.

In such circumstances, the Institute says that councils must consider whether specialist housing is needed, including supervised hostels.


 





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