Britain Changes Background Check Plan for Youth Workers

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During a time when the American public and its lawmakers keep calling for more background checks for anyone who works with youth, it is notable that Great Britain – with its advanced professional youth work network – is actually taking a step back.

The British government announced that it is revising its proposed Vetting and Barring Scheme for youth workers to require fewer people to undergo background checks. For example, the BBC reported that the checks “will now involve only those working with the same children once a week, not once a month.”

Youth groups and teachers’ unions said the move is a “victory for common sense,” according to the BBC article.