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Scrapping vetting scheme 'puts children at risk'

5 February 2011 Last updated at 17:48 GMT

The government is expected to relax the rules on vetting people who work with children.

The Home Secretary Theresa May suspended Labour's Vetting and Barring scheme in June 2010 and a review of that scheme is reported to have concluded that criminal record checks are unnecessary in many cases.

Former police detective and child protection expert Mark Williams Thomas says cutting legislation will give offenders more opportunities to gain access to children.