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Government Brings In Ban On Unregistered Blogging And Linking

by | 28th, September 2009

bloggers-registerBEFORE we get to the Government’s plan to put all bloggers on a register, did you know that the rules that you have to abide by on pain of law also apply to the police? No, of course you didn’t. But some people think they do.

Children’s Minister Vernon Coaker has herd about two detective constables, Leanne Shepherd, from Milton Keynes, and Lucy Jarrett, from Buckingham, who are breaking the law in caring for each other’s children.

Ofsted said the arrangement contravened the Childcare Act because it lasted for longer than two hours a day, and constituted receiving “a reward”. It said the women would have to be registered as childminders.

Ms Shepherd, who serves with Thames Valley Police, offers:

“A lady came to the front door and she identified herself as being from Ofsted. She said a complaint had been made that I was illegally childminding. I was just shocked – I thought they were a bit confused about the arrangement between us. So I invited her in and told her situation – the arrangement between Lucy and I – and I was shocked when she told me I was breaking the law.”

Ms Jarrett adds:

“Our children were never in any harm, they were never in any danger. To think that they would waste their time and effort on innocent people who are trying to provide for their families by returning to the workplace… Surely their time and effort would be better placed elsewhere.”

It gets better:

Thames Valley Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, said the pair had its “full support”. Secretary Andy Viney said: “Both of them are experienced professional officers. “They just want to return to work after having children and have found that the system is working totally against them. They’ve been threatened with prosecution by Ofsted if they continue doing this.”

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