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HE idea of the Scouts, youth sports teams, the cadets, Sun­day schools and all the other fan­tas­tic ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided by vol­un­teers for young­sters com­ing un­der state con­trol via a watch­dog is ap­palling.

While the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion has in­sisted that its con­sul­ta­tion – sneaked out un­der the cover of Brexit – is noth­ing to do with im­pos­ing tough reg­u­la­tions on clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions, we agree with cam­paign­ers that the ques­tions be­ing asked seem to be lead­ing to that con­clu­sion.

There have been ter­ri­ble cases of sex­ual abuse of young­sters in some or­gan­i­sa­tions and rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion in a small num­ber of madrasas but the bur­den of reg­u­la­tion is al­ready mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to set up clubs for our chil­dren.

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