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As an example, the working title I had given the project was deemed unacceptable: I could not call it The Touch Project. This was apparently ‘too suggestive’, a claim that is diagnostic in itself, revealing as it does the extreme sexualisation of everything. However, the demand most difficult to satisfy was that I was to interview not only teachers, students and parents, but that I must include a large number of education bureaucrats and policy makers. I pointed out that I was not receiving any funding to do the research and that this would greatly increase the cost quite apart from the purpose of the research being to discover the views of those more directly affected.

00 per day. (Kidsco Projects 2006) It is worth adding that a mother who advertised that she was selling Santa letters on eBay, stated: ‘The magic of Christmas is here. Let me send you a letter to your child from Santa . . I am CRB checked’ (Brettingham 2006). We question of course the compatability of magic with vetting. Churches, charities and local councils are similarly developing defensive practice. The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) advises the ministry to ‘use one of your organisation’s “approved” children’s workers as Santa .

Touch may also be ‘gratuitous’ (a recurring term); it may be perceived as ‘inappropriate’ and careful professionals must realise that they are ‘vulnerable’ in the face of any ‘malicious allegation’ of physical or sexual abuse. In particular their good intentions may miss the point: Staff must, however, bear in mind that even perfectly innocent actions can sometimes be misconstrued and must therefore conduct themselves accordingly. Even when totally innocent of ulterior motives, this misconstruction [by pupils] can return in the form of malicious accusations, which even to deny, can cast a shadow over careers.

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