Regina v Secretary of State for Health, ex parte C: CA 21 Feb 2000

An extra-statutory database maintained by the Secretary of State of the names of people considered to be unsafe to work with children was lawful. Two competing and genuine interests were to be balanced. The right to pursue employment without being blacklisted and the need to protect children in the care of others. The list invited representations from those listed, and merely referred the potential employer to the authority which had requested placement of the name on the register. The Crown had the common law right to do anything which might be done by an individual.


Lord Woolf MR, Hale, Mustill LJJ


Gazette 09-Mar-2000, Times 01-Mar-2000, [2000] EWCA Civ 49




Protection of Children Act 1999


England and Wales


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The Property of Every Man is Sacred
The King’s Messengers entered the plaintiff’s house and seized his papers under a warrant issued by the Secretary of State, a government minister.
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Employment, Administrative

Updated: 19 May 2022; Ref: scu.88609