Sanity seems to be prevailing. To quote the minster:
You were assumed to be guilty until you were proven innocent, and told you were able to work with children.
The implications of this go far beyond the obvious. Kids are being subtly told [and blatantly in some cases] that adults can’t be trusted. And kids who decide they want to pursue a career working with kids, that they too are under suspicion.
The world is full of fear-laden policies and tactics which undermine parenting. However, let us celebrate when the government gets it right.