JOHOR BARU: The state Welfare Department is currently acquiring the necessary information on all 49 children, who were under the care of the childcare centre where children were allegedly sexually and physically abused, for possible counselling sessions.
Johor Welfare Department acting director Datuk Daud Arbah said that although the centre was not registered with the department, welfare officers would step in to help and monitor the children.
"We hope that the parents will cooperate with us and support our counselling sessions, as it will help with the children's emotional status.
"Welfare officers will contact the parent to set up appointments in the next few days, as the department are currently in the process of collecting all the data," he said when contacted on Wednesday.
Daud added that the department can only recommend that the parents send their children for counselling, but it would be up to the parents to permit them to attend the sessions, which will be divided into individual and family categories.
"Since the childcare centre was not registered with us, we cannot impose a fine or issue a notice to close down the centre.
"The owner has a maximum or 21 days or three warning notice to register herself before the department takes further action," he said.
Daud also urged parents with young children to be more cautious when sourcing for a childcare centre.
"Parents must check if the centre is registered with us, as we will monitor registered centres from time-to-time," he said adding that the department usually issued certificate of registration to the centres.
Meanwhile, Johor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said that the investigations on the matter have been completed and reports submitted to the deputy public prosecution office for further action."We have conducted full investigations including interviewing witnesses and all the medical reports have been handed in," he added.