The call follows the case of 19-year-old English au pair Louise Woodward, who will be tried for the murder of nine-month-old Matthew Eappen in the United States in July.
Nannies and childcarers are facing renewed calls for a national compulsory register. The Professional Association of Nursery Nurses wants nanny agencies to impose a minimum age of 20 for nannies and au pairs going abroad, and to insist on at least two years' childcare experience before giving young women sole charge of babies.
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