Use registry of child sexual offenders to check on staff, employers urged

There are 1,254 names in the registry of sexual offenders against children. (File pic)

BANGI: Utilise the registry of sexual offenders against children (e-DKK), Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail advised those directly working with children.

She said since the registry was introduced on April 1 this year, 68 applications had been received from individuals and agencies to check on the background of their potential employees.

Checks were made against 1,254 names on the list, Wan Azizah said in her speech when closing the Social Welfare Department’s Junior Khalifah Programme here today.

She said the registry was introduced to enable parents, individuals and employers, intending to hire someone to take care of children, to check on the background of their potential employees.

This is to ensure the persons applying do not have a record for sexual offences against children, she said.

The service is provided free.

Meanwhile, Wan Azizah, who is also women, family and community development minister, said a pilot intervention programme to address social problems among children will be implemented in August in Sepang, Selangor, and Seremban and Port Dickson in Negeri Sembilan.

She said the programme is an alternative approach to handling children in conflict with the law, without them having to go through the existing justice system, which demands a remand process and imprisonment.

“We do not want to put them in a situation which can lead to more serious crime because of their socialising when in prison,” she added.

The programme will be extended nationwide if found to be a success.