On the matter of dealing with paedophiles, I am firmly of the view that the full application of Islamic law has much to commend it. No need for expensive treatment programmes, group discussion and individual psycho-therapy, or conditioning methods.Alas, the Scottish Executive takes a different view. Cathy Jamieson, the Scottish justice minister/former social worker/walking disaster, yesterday rejected a suggestion by a Scottish Parliament committee that aimed to give police additional powers to enter the home of a registered sex offender without a warrant where there are concerns about the safety of a child in the area. This came in the wake of a review by members of the Scottish Parliament into child sex offenders ( following the murder of eight-year-old Mark Cummings, who was killed by a known sex offender, who lived in the same tower block in Glasgow) At the same time, Wikipedia reports Jamieson has “used her ministerial position to promote legislation that would target many sado-masochists and fetishists by proposing to criminalise possession of so-called "extreme pornography". A minister with interesting priorities it would seem. Jamieson has plenty of form you won't be surprised to learn. ( See here )
The bottom line is that there is no fool proof system of keeping children safe from paedophiles because we do not know the identities of all of them. Thus, the police need extraordinary powers….any failure to act would be inexcusable.