10MP: Police to screen child carers

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  • Thursday, 10 Jun 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Police will conduct screening of child carers to ensure the safety and protection of children under the care of external parties such as child care centres, nurseries and kindergartens, according to the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) report.

It said that for additional security, an alert system for lost and missing children (similar to the US AMBER Alert bulletin) would be established with the cooperation of the mass media and law enforcement agencies.

During the plan period, children activity centres will be strengthened to prevent children, particularly from high-risk families, from being involved in socially undesirable activities as well as to protect them from potential abuse, it added.

These centres are set up based on specific community needs in a particular area and provide comprehensive child welfare services, including sports and social activities, learning programmes and counselling facilities, the report said.

Consequently, it said, concerted efforts to strengthen the family institution and facilitate child welfare, protection and development will be continued.

These will include enhancing the quality of childcare services, strengthening related support programmes, including capacity building of caregivers, and upgrading existing welfare institutions such as rehabilitation centres and child welfare homes. - Bernama

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