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Monday, January 25, 1999 Published at 20:00 GMT

UK Politics

Bureau to weed out child abusers

The bureau will have information on adults barred from working at schools

Employers will be able to weed out suspected and convicted child abusers through access to records at a new Criminal Records Bureau.

The government said the bureau will be a "one stop shop" to help employers check the records of convicted and suspected child abusers.

[ image: Jack Straw:
Jack Straw: "Understandable concern"
As well as issuing certificates on criminal convictions, the bureau will offer access to records held by the Department of Health and "list 99" run by the Department for Education and Employment.

Home Secretary Jack Straw said holding all the information in one place would make it easier and simpler for prospective employers to weed out potential child abusers.

Mr Straw said: "There is understandable public concern about the number of sex offenders, convicted or often not yet caught, who might be in contact with children."

It means information will be available on child carers and people barred from working in schools, further education and youth services.

Other recommendations put forward by a working party looking at ways of improving protection for children include new laws to make it illegal for someone - including nannies - who has committed certain offences applying for, accepting or continuing to work with children.

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