FOI refs: 1080 and 1124 made headlines in the BBC and others this week regarding the fall in the number of automatic additions to the barred list for children. They got this from the Labour party’s release
I’ve read those disclosures but what’s confusing me is that the headlines refer to the autobars as people who’ve committed sex offences (e.g. “thousands fewer sex offenders barred”, “the number of people barred from working with children in England and Wales because they have committed sex offences has fallen by three quarters in the past two years”).
I can’t see anything in the disclosures to suggest these are exclusively sex offenders but I wanted to confirm whether the barred list figures in the FOI release will include a variety of offences or if these particular figures actually do just refer to sex offenders.
If the appropriate person could confirm that I’d very much appreciate it.