originally arrested on June 6th and a police examination of his computer led to the subsequent arrests of Allen and George.images of child abuse.
A trio alleged to have abused children, photographed the abuse and distributed images.Vanessa George and Angela Allen, both from Nottingham, as well as Colin Blanchard, from Rochdale, all 39, appeared at Bristol crown court today to admit the charges
Police are reported to have described the case as the “most severe kind of child abuse”.
George formerly worked at the Little Ted’s nursery in Plymouth. Today she pleaded guilty to 13 charges including sexual abuse of children and making and distributing indecent images of children.
Banning the use of mobile phones in Nurseries
Purnima Tanuku, the chief executive of the National Day Nurseries Association, said: “Nursery workers should not be using a mobile phone or receiving calls while caring for children. NDNA recommends that nurseries make this clear in staff policies.”
Education officials in Plymouth, where Little Ted’s is based, are drawing up guidance regarding the use of mobiles at nurseries. The case has highlighted how children cannot be totally protected from predators. In its Ofsted inspection last year, the nursery was given “good” ratings in all areas including “protecting children from harm or neglect” and staff were found to have been “appropriately vetted”.
Under the current system, nursery staff must undergo an enhanced Criminal Record Bureau check, including checks on government lists of adults barred from working with children.
The checks will soon be replaced by a barring and vetting regime run by the Independent Safeguarding Authority. But even under the new system, Vanessa George would have been given the green light because she had no convictions or history of being involved in child abuse.
She was also able to take advantage of Ofsted guidelines that allow staff who are CRB checked to be on their own with children, including while changing nappies.
The rules say a minimum of two adults have to be on duty in a nursery setting as a whole but if a worker has been cleared they can, at times, be alone with children
As a qualified Nursery Nurse and a previous manager and deputy nursery manager working in the private sector of nurseries (plus the owner of Cheeky Chums) banning mobiles would not give parents the total satisfaction that children are protected from harm..mobiles with cameras have been banned from swimming pools.They still offer balconies looked upon by sexual perverts and there is still a chance that children can be spied upon in changing rooms.
I would recommend the use of c.c.t.v cameras in nurseries. Not for staff performance/ chatting to each other freely but solely for the safety of children including bumps falls,trips, biting incidents, accidents health safety at work in accident prevention.Plus This is the only way in my opinion to put parents mind at ease in the case of any kind of abuse to children by staff and volunteers.
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