Adults 'scared to go near kids'
An interesting report that says that adults are becoming wary of spending too much time with children because they are afraid their intentions will be suspect.
Many adults are afraid to interact with children for fear of being labelled as paedophiles, a report has claimed.
Think-tank Civitas said the "escalation of child protection measures" had made everyone from sports coaches to Santas seem like "potential child abusers".
The Home Office said there was no evidence that vetting had deterred volunteers or eroded trust.
It plans to tighten the rules further, so all parents hosting foreign exchange students will face background checks.
In its report, Licensed to Hug, Civitas said that child protection regulations had "succeeded in poisoning the relationship between the generations".