Remove the vetting requirement for volunteers

 

The requirement for State vetting of volunteers providing services in the community  should be lifted.

The Government should not involve itself in voluntary services. Doing so deters volunteers and is a first and unacceptable step towards bringing such services under state control, something which socialists and bureaucrats love, but efficiency and community spirit hate. If organisations using volunteers to provide valuable service in the community want to ensure they are not taking on those who might be a risk, what is wrong with the centuries old system of asking for references,  taking them up and being responsible for the way things are run?  The state vetting system is overbearing, intrusive, bureaucratic, and starts from the premise that we are all guilty until proved innocent.  This has already had serious spin-offs. How many of us would comfort a lost child, and risk being thought a pervert or even accused of being one?  How do we allow our country to come to this?  The Labour Government believed that they were responsible for everything. This Goverment believes in passing responsibility back to the people. Great. Here is a limited but significant step in the right direction. 

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The requirement for State vetting of volunteers providing services in the community  should be lifted.

The Government should not involve itself in voluntary services. Doing so deters volunteers and is a first and unacceptable step towards bringing such services under state control, something which socialists and bureaucrats love, but efficiency and community spirit hate. If organisations using volunteers to provide valuable service in the community want to ensure they are not taking on those who might be a risk, what is wrong with the centuries old system of asking for references,  taking them up and being responsible for the way things are run?  The state vetting system is overbearing, intrusive, bureaucratic, and starts from the premise that we are all guilty until proved innocent.  This has already had serious spin-offs. How many of us would comfort a lost child, and risk being thought a pervert or even accused of being one?  How do we allow our country to come to this?  The Labour Government believed that they were responsible for everything. This Goverment believes in passing responsibility back to the people. Great. Here is a limited but significant step in the right direction.