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The design of many leisure centres and swimming pools can inadvertently aid paedophiles. But a new scheme which advises on simple alterations - and trains staff to spot suspicious behaviour - can help.
Staff at two South Yorkshire sports centres are being trained how to spot potential paedophiles in the first programme of its kind in the region.
Children can play safely in Midlothian thanks to a new initiative launched across leisure centres. Leisurewatch is the first programme of its kind in Scotland and brings together leisure staff and police officers responsible for community safety. The initiative will help safeguard children as they use leisure facilities.
Parents, carers, and children visiting sports facilities run by East Lindsey District Council will be even safer, as the Authority becomes the first in Lincolnshire to implement a new scheme called Leisurewatch, thanks to a partnership with The Derwent Initiative (TDI).
Leisurewatch is the sort of interagency approach Bichard wants those working with children to adopt. Operated by Newcastle upon Tyne-based charity the Derwent Initiative, the scheme is intended to safeguard children using leisure facilities, such as swimming pools, which paedophiles often target.