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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 10/30/2009 - 3:43am.

Workers may end up having to register on the Government’s anti-pedophile database even if they have no contact with children, the head of the scheme has said.

Employers will come under pressure to register staff on the programme for fear of losing business if they do not, Sir Roger Singleton said.

Others who are self-employed such as piano tutors, private home helps and tradesmen may also do so if rivals advertise that they have been vetted.

An estimated 11.3 million people, including parents taking pupils to sports events on a rota, already face having their backgrounds checked by the Independent Safeguarding Authority to allow them to work with children.

Sir Roger was reported to have said: “There may be some categories who don’t have to register but who might decide there is a commercial advantage in registering. For example, the person who gives private piano lessons or the person who puts a postcard in the local post office saying, ‘I’m able to provide domiciliary care for dependent people.’

He added: “They may decide that to be able to put on the bottom of the postcard ‘ISA-registered’ is something that gives comfort and it may be that the uptake is likely to be increased.”

The information collected would be kept indefinitely, even if staff left their professions, and could be used for further applications, Sir Roger added.

His comments raised fears last night that thousands of workers could be subjected to background checks despite no need for them because employers want to reassure their customers. Concerns were raised last night that people could lose their jobs if the checks exposed a criminal record which prevented an employer from gaining accreditation.

Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said many self-employed people would be forced to register to stay competitive.

He said: “This amounts to another hoop for them to jump through in an extremely tough economic environment.

“The Government must seriously consider all the knock-on effects of this scheme before it presses ahead with it.”

The scheme was proposed in the wake of the Soham murders as a way to ensure that anyone in a relationship of trust with young, elderly or disabled people was suitable.

October 27, 2009 - source DailyExpressUK

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 10/30/2009 - 3:43am.