A council has reversed its decision to ban a mother from accompanying her diabetic daughter to a Christmas party.

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At a meeting on Tuesday night, Hellesdon Parish Council decided to revoke their decision on barring a mother from taking her five-year-old daughter to their party on Saturday – but only after banning the Norwich Evening News and Eastern Daily Press from the meeting.

Sam Dade was told she could not take daughter Tilly-Rose to the party because she was not CRB checked by them.

“They need to have a more inclusive policy,” she said. “That is what I wanted to achieve.”

The 40-year-old child minder said it did not seem right to go to the party now, but they would be delighted to go next year.

In a statement released yesterday, the council said: “This was the first opportunity the full parish council have had to discuss the matter.

“To protect all parties in this issue the item was discussed after the exclusion of the press and public from the meeting room.

“The parish council is very sad that this situation arose and wishes to apologise to Mrs Dade and her family for any distress.”

The council said the decision had been made following changes to the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, who took up Mrs Dade’s case, said: “This is a very sorry saga, but I’m pleased to see that the council has seen sense.”

Ms Smith has written to Home Office ministers to clarify the position on CRB checks.

14 comments

  • The parish councillors who took this decision may well think they are giving up their time to serve their community in a voluntary capacity, but they get no sympathy from me. They have brought discredit on parish councils generally and turned Hellesdon P.C. into a national laughing stock. To misinterpret the law is forgivable, to confuse the letter of the law and the spirit of the law is almost forgivable but to discriminate so flagrantly and insensitively against a vulnerable little girl is quite shameful, even if the discrimination is indirect rather than direct. Those responsible should resign immediately taking their equally asinine parish clerk (who sought to justify the decision in the press) with them. While nominations are sought for some decent and sensible people to represent the good people of Hellesdon, I hope that parents of young children in the area will follow the example of Tilly-Rose and her Mum, boycott the Christmas party organised by Hellesdon P.C. and seek their festive fun elsewhere.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • ingo wagenknecht - political posturing again? Hellesdon PC is more or less split LiberalConservative (no time for Greens north of the city!). Word on the street is that Conservative councillors voted for the discussion to be in public but Liberals voted for it to be held in private.

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    G_of_Norwich

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • Well done EDP. Just shows what a waste of space these Parish Councils are. I also agree that all parents should boycott this party. Hope the little girl hasa lovely Xmas!

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    samphirelover

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Well done EDP. Just shows what a waste of space these Parish Councils are. I also agree that all parents should boycott this party. Hope the little girl hasa lovely Xmas!

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    samphirelover

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • A pat on the back to the EDP. It may be a small story, but it does show up how organisations and businesses throughout the UK are 'misinterpreting' the spirit of the Safeguarding of Children Act, leading to not only cases like this, but also wider impacts on society.

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    Rhombus

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • @Mr Wagenknecht didn't you read "statement issued by the council"? too eager to get the jibe in, perhaps?

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    G_of_Norwich

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • There should be an investigation into the legality of excluding the press and public from this meeting. All the information about the child was already in the public domain so this was not a valid reason.

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    Norfolk Lad

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • "To protect all parties in this issue" - what they actually mean is to protect themselves. The ones who made the crass decision in the first place and the ones (if any) who may not have agreed to change their mind. This prevents them from being identified as being a person who would discriminate against a child with a life threatening condition. The information relating to child and mother was already in the public domain so the only people needing protection were those who had made a completely wrong decision in the first place.

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    Daveyboy

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • I think the EDP ought to lodge a complaint. They and the public should have been allowed to hear these individuals explain why they made such an appalling decision.

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    BG

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • ....Ms Smith has written to Home Office ministers to clarify the position on CRB checks.....So if you don't understand the Safeguarding of Childrens Act 2006 Ms Smith inc the amendments in Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, what are you doing sitting in judgement of others? They will tell you that making it council policy to make CRB checks obligatory when they are not required by law is an error and you should review your policy....pronto.

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    Rhombus

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • And so they damn well should. Totally pathetic waste of time and energy, all because they couldn't use their common sense and brains! Hope the little girl really enjoys herself after all this

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    markt74

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • how did you find out, because you were banned from being there? Is todays story made up by Mrs Smith of Newsnight fame?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • This silly season story and reaction should not cost taxpayers any money but be paid out of councillors pockets if at all. What political persuasion Hellesdon council? Hmm let me guess, not Labour, Lib Dem or Green, they would not even think of rejecting a child's carer from a Christmas party, such heartless ideas can only come from..?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • You don't expect a council decision to be made using common sense surely. As a matter of interest are the councillors CRB checked as I am sure they will be attending the party if there's free food and drink

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    Cynical Bob

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

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