Dangers of using the internet to find your child care
The Association of Nanny Agencies (ANA) has warned against the dangers of parents using the internet to find childcare, following an incident on Gumtree where a convicted paedophile advertised himself as a babysitter, so he could film himself abusing young girls.
The current economic climate has made things tougher for families, and because of this some opt for ‘quick fix’ solutions and use the internet to find and recruit their childcare. This means that the only fee they have to pay may be a nominal advertising fee, or something similar. These sites provide no formal checks, or guarantees as to the identity or credibility of the person.
Says Angela Spencer, Director of ANA “Any parent seeking childcare should ensure that every possible check has been performed regarding the nanny’s overall suitability, to ensure that their children will be cared for in the most professional manner. The nanny should have the appropriate skills and ability for the children’s age group, needs and ability”
“It is very disturbing to think that parents could potentially be inviting a stranger in to their home to interview and consequentially meet their children, without having verified any of their details. In an era where we stress the importance of educating children about the dangers of the internet, parents also need to understand the same dangers apply to them.”
The Association of Nanny Agencies has a professional code of conduct in place to ensure all agencies meet with the legal obligations and duty of care for both the nanny and parent. Although using an ANA approved agency is a more expensive way of finding childcare, there is a methodical process in place to ensure candidates are credited for the professional carers that they are and that parents benefit from knowing their childcarers are vetted and checked by approved agencies”.
For more information contact Angela Spencer on 01932- 852299