Over the years I have acquired enough DBS and CRB certificates to cover all the walls of my office. Doubtless millions of such certificates have been issued to people working with children or vulnerable adults. All most commendable one might be led to believe. The reality is that all this paperwork has failed to stop children being assaulted in Rotherham et al, by churches, by Jimmy Savile and sundry football and athletic coaches. Add to this the well-documented failure of police forces and social services departments to deal with cases of child abuse.
The root cause of this sorry mess is political failure, failure to see that pen-pushing form filling is not the answer, failure to fund social services departments and failure to stop police forces from not acting for fear of upsetting minorities.