According to ministers, the millions of people in England and Wales who work or volunteer with children and vulnerable adults will no longer need criminal record checks.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said these plans have been made because he wanted to lift the atmosphere of suspicion and distrust cast over adults who simply wanted to help and volunteer.
However, some child protection campaigners fear it will be easier for adults in positions of trust to abuse children and it will go undetected.
The change is part of the government’s Freedoms Bill. Prime Minister David Cameron has not said much on the matter, and it seems Nick Clegg is pushing for this change.
Clegg said: “Of course we need checks on those people who are working regularly with children and vulnerable adults but not everybody who is volunteering, often on an irregular basis, simply trying to help out. We want to get it into proportion.
“Most people accept we were treated with too much distrust and suspicion and too many people were almost treated as if they were criminals by Labour in recent years.
“It’s still going to be a scheme of some considerable size but one which does not cast that atmosphere of distrust over adults who are simply trying to do their best by their own children, by children in their own community.”