7 Apr, 2016 @ 11:57
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Andalucia tops forty thousand strong list of ‘sexual delinquents’ barred from working with minors

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Empty ClassroomA new registry of ‘sexual delinquents’ recently created by Spain’s Ministry of Justice lists over 40,000 Spaniards who are barred from working with children.

Out of the 40,782 listed, almost 20% (7,600) are Andalucians, over a thousand more than Cataluna, who has the second most.

New rules introduced by the government last year state that people working with children must prove they have no sexual or criminal history relating to minors.

Although the law is ambiguous given that it did not specify professions, it has been revealed that 40,782 Spaniards will not be granted such permissions.

The number is the amount of people convicted of a sexual offence, and not all are necessarily linked to minors, but all are listed on the Central Sex Offender Registry recently created.

Those who have been convicted of abusing minors, including watching child pornography, will be barred from working with children for 30 years from the day their sentence is finished.

The period is ten years for those with sexual offence convictions not involving minors.

Other than the legislation’s ambiguity in not listing professions affected, unions are criticising the new rule by claiming it criminalises all workers by forcing them to prove the have no history, breaking the presumption of innocence.

Spain’s Ministry of Justice said they had chosen to prioritise the protection of minors, and that every worker who has regular contct with children has to present their history.







Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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1 Comment

  1. It’s very simple. Copy the good example of Britain (for a change) Many professions require a Criminal Records Bureau check. One applies to the police who, for a fee, trawl through their criminal records and issue a certificate, clearing one to work with children and other vulnerable people.
    Or not, as the case may be. It doesn’t entail “proving your innocence”. It simply allows employers to be sure the person in question has a clear police record in this particular area.
    In fact it also protects the applicant from having their past on public display as long as they purchase the CRB check before they apply for any potentially sensitive jobs.
    Adverts for jobs usually state the requirement of a CRB certificate as part of the CV.

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