Businesses which bring staff and children into close
proximity need to consider their child protection polices and their implementation
Today�s Daily Mail reports that a man who once worked on two of Cunard�s ships is being investigated by police over allegations that he indecently assaulted child passengers. It is claimed the crew member carried out the sexual assaults on Cunard�s flagship the Queen Mary 2 and its sister vessel Queen Elizabeth.
Detectives started the investigation after a tip-off thought to be from the parents of one of the children involved, all of whom live in the UK.
A Wiltshire Police spokeswoman said last night: �We can confirm we are investigating historical allegations of child abuse by an employee of Cunard cruise liners. Inquiries continue. The employee no longer works for the company.�
Cunard bosses, headed by the company�s president and managing director Peter Shanks, have launched their own inquiry into the allegations, which officials said had �deeply shocked� them.
Company managers are understood to be reviewing Cunard�s strict vetting procedures, which are carried out on every applicant and include criminal-record checks.
Cunard refused to say what role the former cruise worker had carried out on its ships, but he is known to have been a low-ranking employee who had regular, close contact with passengers on board.
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