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School bans parents from watching sport without a CRB check

A school has banned parents from watching their children take part in sports events - unless they pass a criminal records check.

The Isambard Community School in Swindon, Wilts’, insists all parents must clear a Criminal Records Bureau check to weed out potential paedophiles.

Neil Park, 54, was furious when he was turned away from watching his son George, 12, play rugby.
The father-of-five said: "I was turned away from the school because I had not been CRB checked. I couldn't believe it. Government guidelines state that parents are allowed to watch games. But any strangers can be questioned and requested to show the appropriate paperwork, which is fair enough. George was really upset by it all. What are they going to stop you going to next? Parents' evening? The school play?”

The school introduced the new measure at the start of the term to prevent strangers from accessing other parts of the school from the playing fields.

A spokesman said: "It is with regret that from now on we will be unable to accommodate parents wishing to spectate at our sports fixtures unless they are in possession of an up-to-date Swindon Council CRB check. At Isambard we take safeguarding very seriously and because of this we are unable to leave gates open for access to sporting venues at anytime during the school day.”

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