LONDON, September 13 (RIA Novosti) - U.K. children's organizations have slammed a new government scheme to prevent pedophilia, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
From next month, new rules will be introduced for England and Wales, in line with which all people working with children, including parent helpers taking children to schools and sport clubs, will have to undergo checks and register in a new database, paying 64 pounds ($107).
The measures are part of the efforts to increase child protection following the Soham murders in 2002, when a local school caretaker killed two ten-year-old girls in Cambridgeshire, England.
Wes Cuell, director of services for children and young people for the U.K.'s largest children's charity, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), said the scheme could "stop people doing things that are perfectly safe and normal, things that they shouldn't be prevented from doing."
Esther Rantzen, the founder of another children's charity, ChildLine, said:
"We don't want a convicted child abuser taking a job as a tennis coach, a youth worker or a police officer. But we have to be sensible about this and I don't think we are."