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Dear Emma, I need to raise an issue with you that has arisen quite suddenly.

There have been ongoing issues with Drag Queen Storytime in libraries across the UK. Many councils have failed in their duties to CRV/DBS and safeguard children.
There are unfortunate cases where known sexual offenders have gained access to children, and conduct during the Story Time has at times been very aduklt and not appropriate for children.

My past experience of dealing with criminals seeking access to children leaves me alarmed.
Criminals including those who seek sexual access to children are not stupid and they look for cracks in systems. The exploit vulnerabilities in systems and people's good faith in others.

There is a big issue with people from the LGB minority being given high regard automatically
I saw that there was some concern about a planned Drag Queen Story Time in Leeds. I commented that I hoped the CRB/DBS checks and safeguarding were in place.

In was then subjected to an attack which was quite revealing.

Myself and others were labelled as Terrorists.
The Drag Queen in question, Mr Jason Saffer aka Jolene Sugarbaker @JolenesTrailer has threatened to have people banned from twitter for Deadnaming whilst they are well known across the net under the name Jason Saffer. It was Bizzare.

I was concerned and went digging.
There is a loophole here that does need looking at and closing.

CRB/DBS checks only apply to those who have offended in the UK. Overseas Performers/Entertainers are not subjected to such checking and this leaves an Exploit that leaves children at risk.
I know from experience that by the time us normal folks catch up and recognise exploits they have already been spotted and are being used by those of criminal intent.

Whilst I'm in no way implying that Mr Saffer has criminal intent, the issue is now on The Radar thanks to him.
It would seem that the extent Safeguarding Guidance nneds to be explicitly clarified so that Performers entering the UK to carry out Close contact with children are in some way validated and children Safeguarded.
It may prove impossible and so those coming to the UK to perform Drag Queen Storytime may have to be denied, or subjected to specific rules such as Zero Physical Contact with children - and shows vetted for content/performance in advance.

Thank you.
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