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120 names in convicted child offender list

Bosses can write in to check on those they are taking in as school bus drivers, child care centre minders or even school guards.

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LUNDU: The women, family and community development ministry has come out with a registry of convicted child offenders to help employers run a background check on their potential workers.

Minister Rohani Abdul Karim said at present the registry contained the names of 120 convicted offenders.

Speaking after launching the state-level Children Safety Campaign here today, Rohani said to obtain the information, the employers could write in confidence to the ministry which would respond to them within two weeks.

“Consider this as a proactive measure in ensuring the safety of children when you want to employ people as school bus drivers, child care centre minders or even school guards,” she said.

Earlier in her speech, Rohani said it was very important for all parents and employers to know the latest amendments in the Child Act (Amendment) 2016, including those pertaining to the child offender registry, community service order, family-based care and heavier penalties.

She said the amendments were necessary to improve the Act to include current issues related to paedophilia.

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