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Sex Offenders

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what arrangements are in place to ensure that sex offenders who are also pupils or students do not have access in schools or colleges to children under 16 years; and what powers he has in respect of such persons. (73813)

Cases involving sex offenders who are also pupils or students should be considered individually, in line with guidance in “Working Together to Safeguard Children”. There should be a co-ordinated approach, involving youth justice, children’s social care, education (including educational psychology) and health (including child and adolescent mental health). An assessment should be carried out in each case to assess the risks to other children and to decide what plan of action should be put in place to address the young person’s behaviour and to ensure the safety of others. This might include arrangements for monitoring the child to ensure that he does not have unsupervised access to children under 16 while at school or college or provision of specialist services, including education, not in mainstream settings, which help address the young person’s behaviour.