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Complainant Name:
Ms Helen Charlesworth

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun


Ms Helen Charlesworth complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the article falsely referred to two individuals as "childminders". The complainant pointed out that they were not Ofsted registered, and, as such, it was incorrect to refer to them as "childminders".


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter from the complainant in the newspaper:

Your article about the murder of a three-year-old boy (March 27) incorrectly described those responsible as childminders. Ofsted registered childminders like me go through CRB checks and have First Aid certificates, insurance and training. I pay a yearly fee, have to do planning and observations as set out under the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and risk assess for everything I do with the children. I was shocked and angry these people were described as childminders. They were not.

Helen Charlesworth

Ofsted Registered Childminder



Date Published: 29/06/2010

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