A school in Britain has reportedly banned parents from watching their kids play sport unless they pass a criminal record check.
Parents at Isambard Community School in Swindon have been asked to pay 26 pounds and fill in a four-page form for the Criminal Records Bureau vetting process, which takes up to eight weeks to be completed.
Until that point, parents are not allowed to watch their children represent the school, the Daily Mail reports. A spokesman for the school admitted the policy, and said it has resulted in staff being verbally abused by ‘frustrated’ parents, but insisted it was necessary for ‘safeguarding’ pupils.
“At Isambard we take safeguarding very seriously and because of this we are unable to leave gates open for access to sporting venues at anytime during the school day,” the paper quoted the spokesman, as saying.
“The current access arrangements are frustrating for both Isambard staff and parents and have recently resulted in reception staff and PE staff being on the receiving end of verbal abuse from parents who have become frustrated trying to get into or out of the school,” he added.