Authors boycott schools over sex-offence register - The Independent Front Page

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Independent lead Story

A group of respected British children's authors and illustrators will stop visiting schools from the start of the next academic year, in protest at a new government scheme that requires them to register on a database in case they pose a danger to children.

Philip Pullman, Anne Fine, Anthony Horowitz, Michael Morpurgo and Quentin Blake all told The Independent that they object to having their names on the database - which is intended to protect children from paedophiles - and would not be visiting any schools as a consequence...

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This is so daft.
I have been CRB checked for the last five years for various helping-out-with-kids reasons. It is absolutely standard for anyone working with children. Not a personal insult to any group of people, and anyway, since when where authors beyond criticism?
Hilary McKay

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