Heads attack proposals to check pupils for criminal tendencies.A PLAN to introduce compulsory checks on children to discover whether they are at risk of turning into criminals was condemned by headteachers last night.
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Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, Blair announced the proposal as part of a review of crime and security policy.
A Downing Street Downing Street, Westminster, London, England. On the street are the British Foreign Office and, at No. 10, the residence of the first lord of the Treasury, who is usually (although not necessarily) the prime minister of Great Britain. document said the checks could take place at important stages in a child's life, such as the move from primary to secondary school.
It said the Government may "establish universal checks throughout a child's development to help service providers to identify those most at risk of offending".
Mick Brookes, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, the country's biggest heads' union, said he was "astonished a·ston·ish
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"I do not know what purpose this will serve," he said.
"It is very difficult to see what schools can do without simply labelling children as potential criminals."
The document did not outline at what age the checks should begin, nor did it detail whether police or probation officers would be involved in the process.
It was also unclear whether the check would involve an interview with a child