LETTER : Dunblane: club leaders must be vetted

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Sir: As a youth club and Sunday school leader in a local church, and a father of three young children, I joined in the utter disbelief after the tragic events in Dunblane. I can only pray and hope that God will give comfort to those who have been left with such grief.

I have been able to lead and teach children in the five to 15 age group with very little vetting or checks on anything I may have done in the past. I feel I am competent and doing a good job, but who am I to say?

It is imperative that a national system of vetting be inaugurated for anyone wishing to work with children of any age. Such people should be prepared to undergo police and local authority checks. No one should be allowed to run a club on his own, as Hamilton apparently was.

D W Lampard