6:00AM GMT 15 Dec 2010
Sex offenders including paedophiles [sic] should be allowed to adopt, Theresa May told
"Rules which bar sex offenders from working with children are ‘unfair’ and even convicted paedophiles [sic] should have the right to adopt, a leading legal academic has said.
Theresa May was urged to allow sex offenders to adopt
Helen Reece, a reader in law at the London School of Economics, called on Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to relax rules which automatically ban sex offenders from caring for children, saying that this could breach their human rights.
In an article in the respected Child and Family Law Quarterly, Miss Reece suggested that reoffending rates were not high among sex criminals, adding: “despite growing public concern over paedophilia [sic], the numbers of child sex murders are very low.”
A review is currently ongoing into the Vetting and Barring Scheme, introduced following the 2002 Soham murders, amid concerns by ministers that it is too heavy handed.
As well as banning certain offenders, the law currently requires adults coming into regular contact with children other than their own to be screened."