Letter: Check up on child carers

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Sir: Before we were allowed to become foster carers, my husband and I were interviewed several times by a trained social worker. Every aspect of our married life was discussed, our children were interviewed in private, and all the members of our families were checked by the police.

I was horrified, therefore, to read the articles (from 20 April) detailing the dreadful experiences of children in homes who were subjected to terrible abuse by paedophiles. If everyone who works with children were interviewed and checked as we were, then our children's homes would be safer places.

Anne E. Martin

Haywards Heath, Sussex