The government is proposing jail sentences for public sector employers who do not check the safety records of employees or volunteers, as part of efforts to eradicate people who mistreat children or vulnerable adults.
The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill 2006, expected to come into force in 2008, will introduce the new measures.
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