DEALING WITH ABUSE: ARE CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECKS THE ANSWER?

There is a lot of coverage of Oxfam this week – leading to a wider discussion on how we can deal with harm and abuse should it arise, and the role of criminal records. As we think about what steps we can all take next, here are some things to consider and resources you might find useful.

This week, the revelations by Helen Evans now make us question, ‘are Oxfam charity shops a safe place for our young people to volunteer?’ and prompted many to ask, ‘can better use of criminal records checks prevent these types of shocking incidents?’.

It’s worth thinking about some of the more high-profile abusers who have been uncovered in recent years. Before the scale of their abuse was discovered, many did not have criminal records. Yes, in some cases there were suspicions. And now they have been found out, their criminal records will help make sure they don’t abuse again. But are there better ways to prevent abuse in the first place? For more information click here