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People Granted Permission to Work with Children Found to Be High Risk Abusers and Criminals

POLICE AND OTHER AGENCIES ARE FREQUENTLY COMING ACROSS PEOPLE GRANTED PERMISSION TO WORK WITH YOUNG CHILDREN WHO ARE IN FACT HIGH RISK 

 

Brisbane, April 2012 - People working with children are being banned every two-and-a-half days in Queensland for serious offences including child sex, violence and drug-related crimes.

The hundreds of Queenslanders caught through stringent daily checks had been granted blue cards special permission to enter environments involving children.

Daily high-risk notifications from police and other agencies led to the cancellations by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.

There are 270 people in the state who have alarmed officials so much they have been banned for life from working with children.

Commissioner Elizabeth Fraser said the most common cause for cancellation was a change in criminal history, which also included convictions for serious offences relating to drugs and violence and offences that occurred in the presence of a child.

Fifty-five people who signed a blue card application, who had disqualifying offences, have been referred to police since June 2008.

There are about 495,000 blue card and exemption holders in Queensland.

For more, see The Courier-Mail.

 

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