Can Sarah’s Law really protect our kids?

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The headmaster at my primary school was well respected by the parents and feared by the kids. In fact, many of them hated him. He had a cane in his office and many were afraid to go in there.

Then one day he left the school very suddenly and went to live abroad with his family.

A few years later we heard that he had shot himself after being questioned in relation to child abuse charges. It transpired he was a paedophile who had molested dozens of little boys. None of the parents, or governors, or teachers had a clue, and of course he didn't have a criminal record.

Today it’s been announced that Sarah’s Law is to be introduced in the county where Sarah was murdered. It allows parents to ask whether a known paedophile is having any contact with their child. But the problem is that of course many paedophiles are not known to the police, until it’s too late.

I wholeheartedly support any measures taken to protect children. But I worry that Sarah’s Law may give a false sense of security.

I’d love to hear your views.

written by Liz Jarvis

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5 Responses to Can Sarah’s Law really protect our kids?

  1. English Mum says:

    Hmm, this is a huge topic in Ireland at the moment, what with ongoing scandals about abuse in the Catholic Church. I suppose it’s a step in the right direction, although as you rightly point out, it’s only going to flag ‘known’ paedophiles. I’ve heard too of locals ganging together to drive these people out of town themselves.

  2. Rosie Scribble says:

    As EnglishMum says, it has to be a step in the right direction but we can never become complacent and think this will protect our kids. We need to remain alert to predators and educate our children about this too – how we do that exactly I am unsure. Such people come in many guises and are difficult to spot, as your post illustrates, Liz.

  3. Sue Atkins says:

    Anything that raises awareness and protects children is to be welcomed. Sue Atkins Author of "Raising Happy Children for Dummies"

  4. Henrietta Bond says:

    I’m not a parent and my heart goes out to parents wanting to protect their children.And I know I’d be tempted to do unspeakable things to anyone who hurt any of my friend’s children. But I worry that too much focus on known paedophiles is misplaced. Particularly because it draws such a rigid line between who is harmful to children and who isn’t – and can lull parents into a false sense of security. As a journalist one of the saddest things I’ve come across is children who are abused – and then abuse other children. They’re both victims and perpetrators at the same time. At which point do they become simply ‘paedophiles’?

  5. Crystal Jigsaw says:

    I think if we can do something to protect our children from being abused then we have to try. It was only a couple of weeks ago that our local paper reported a paeodo abusing children at one of our local high schools, it happened in the 70’s, but this kind of thing is naturally never forgotten, by either child, parent or indeed the family. CJ xx

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