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The Vetting Epidemic in England and Wales

Baldwin, Chris (2017) The Vetting Epidemic in England and Wales. Journal of Criminal Law, 81 (6). pp. 478-496. ISSN 0022-0183

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This article charts the rise of criminal vetting by employers and voluntary organisations in England and Wales. It examines the historical roots of vetting and its progress from being initially a marginal concern for specialised groups to its position as an integral part of the recruitment process for over 3,000,000 people per annum by 2007. Critical exploration of this shift is provided – key events such as the Conservative government consultation of the early 1990’s and the incremental implementation of its recommendations are re-evaluated. This article identifies and examines the correlation between the media reporting of, and subsequent public reaction to, a series of high profile child murders and the response of the legislature and the judiciary to these which lead ultimately to the development of a vetting epidemic in England and Wales by 2007. The role played in this development by vested interests, such as voluntary groups and employers, will be traced and critiqued, along with the missed opportunities for reform which might have prevented the epidemic’s spread.

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Depositing User: Barry Hall


Item ID: 6971
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ISSN: 0022-0183
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Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 09:24
Last Modified: 02 May 2023 10:56


Author: Chris Baldwin

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Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism
Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism > School of Law
Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism > Sunderland Law School


Law > Criminal Law

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