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Trust not enough to keep kids safe

The emotive language and tone of Mary Ann Sieghart's article (Comment, February 17) around the role of CRB checks for volunteers involved with children is unhelpful to all those of us trying to offer help and support through personal involvement, but aware of our responsibility to take reasonable steps to ensure that children are safe.

Her premise that "a default position of trust tempered by common sense is all we need to rub along together" is naive and dangerous; there are too many examples where children have been abused by people they trust.

RICHARD COODE

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