With Theresa May on seriously shaky ground as the current Conservative leader and British Prime Minister, details of an executive order she made that would give more rights to child abusers, has come to light.
May had ordered a review of current legislation that would prevent pedophiles from adopting children claiming that it was a “breach of their human rights”.
The order spurred on by the late Helen Reece who was a reader in family law at the London School of Economics, who supported the then-Home Secretary’s policy on relaxing the law for child rapists because “they have the right to build a family unit like everybody else”.
One of May’s arguments for the change in policy was that although pedophilia is on the rise, the number of pedophiles that murder children was “still quite low”.
Speaking about the proposed changed, leading legal academic Reece said that blocking sex offenders from working with children was also “unfair”.She also stated that rape victims should no longer be granted anonymity in trials against sex offenders as it gives defendants a “disadvantage”.
Telegraph reports: In an article in the respected Child and Family Law Quarterly, Miss Reece suggested that reoffending rates were not high among sex criminals, adding: “despite growing public concern over pedophilia, the numbers of child sex murders are very low.”
The review was introduced to the Vetting and Barring Scheme, following the 2002 Soham murders, amid concerns by ministers that it is too heavy handed.
As well as banning certain offenders, the law currently requires adults coming into regular contact with children other than their own to be screened.
Mrs. May ordered the review amid concerns about the vetting of ordinary volunteers such as parents who drive children to football practice and church flower arrangers.
In her article, Miss Reece suggested that the review should also introduce an assumption that sex offenders including child abusers posed no threat once they had served their sentence.
She said: “There is no reason why all sex offenders should not be considered as potentially suitable to adopt or foster children or work with them.”
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