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18 December, 2003

RESTORE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN VETTING PROCEDURES, SAYS CPHVA

Restoring public confidence in the vetting procedures for those working with children must be a prime government objective, the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA) said today (Thursday, 18 December).

The CPHVA, which represents health visitors and school nurses, welcomed the statement by Home Office minister, Hazel Blears about improving police vetting procedures, but said that ‘public confidence has taken yet another hammering’ following the conviction of Ian Huntley for the murders of Soham schoolgirls, Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells.

The CPHVA Lead Professional Officer (Health Visiting), Obi Amadi said: ‘We have had the Victoria Climbie tragedy, the recent administrative problems over the vetting of new teachers and now Soham.’

‘The government has promised, in the past, to tighten up vetting procedures, yet Ian Huntley obtained the school caretaker job with embarrassing ease.’

‘Our members are disappointed that the government’s tough words have not yet been translated into firm action. We will, of course, support the government’s drive in improving vetting, but it must work and be seen to be working.’

‘Public confidence in the agencies that should be protecting children and young people is at a low ebb.’

 

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CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA website: amicus-cphva.org

 The CPHVA represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the Amicus trade union. MSF joined with the AEEU to form amicus, the UK’s second largest union, on 1 January 2002.

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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

For further information, please contact:

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

mobile ( 07768 69 39 40

CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA web site: amicus-cphva.org

 The CPHVA represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the amicus trade union. MSF joined with the AEEU to form amicus, the UK’s second largest union, on 1 January 2002.

 

NOTE FOR NEWS DESKS

For further information, please contact

Shaun Noble Press Officer (020) 7939 7043 Mobile 0468 69 39 40 MSF

press releases can be seen on our web site: www.amcius-cphva.org.uk

Amicus/MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners' Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

Amicus/MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's second largest union.

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