Children 'may face criminal checks'

  Zero G 17:31 27 Mar 2007

From PA:

All children could face compulsory checks to discover if they are at risk of turning into criminals, the Prime Minister has announced.

The controversial proposal came as part of a wide-ranging review of crime and security policy published by 10 Downing Street.

It said the checks could take place at existing important stages in a child's life, such as the move from primary to secondary school.

The Government's plan to prevent crime said: "Establish universal checks throughout a child's development to help service providers to identify those most at risk of offending.

"These checks should piggyback on existing contact points such as the transition to secondary schools."

The document did not outline at what age the checks should begin, nor did it detail whether police or probation officers would be involved in the process.

It was also unclear whether the check would involve a personal interview with a child, or if it would simply comprise a review of school and police records.

Other proposals set out in the policy review included extending the police's ability to seize non-cash assets from criminals, such as plasma screen televisions, jewellery and laptop computers.

The review also appeared to advocate further expansion of the DNA database when it suggested including "all suspected offenders who come into contact with the police".

Currently anyone arrested for a recordable offence in England and Wales must give a DNA sample - which remains on record even if they are not charged, or are acquitted.

  g0slp 19:00 27 Mar 2007

Guilty until proved innocent...

  Mike D 11:42 28 Mar 2007

It would be more useful if they ran tests to assess the risks of the children growing up to be politicians. Maybe those identified as having political leanings could be given treatment to stop them lying.


  georgemac © 12:35 28 Mar 2007

What sort of checks? I have never heard such a load on nanny state codswallop.

However, personally I have no objection to expanding the DNA database, and would myself willingly give a DNA sample for the database - anything to make solving crimes easier is OK by me, but then I also have no objections to identity cards so I may be in the minority.

I also agree that criminals non cash assets should also be seized.

I also agree with Mike D about a lot of our politicians!

  anchor 15:08 28 Mar 2007

georgemac ©

I agree with you.

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