KUALA LUMPUR: As many as 249 people have been identified as assistant protection officers as provided for under the Child (Amendment) Act 2016, said Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
The Deputy Prime Minister said the officers were selected from among the community who are capable to meet the criteria set in the Act.
The selection was carried out at state-level Social Welfare Departments, she said.
“Those appointed will assist the protector of the Department of Social Welfare as the first respondents and front liners in combating abuse, neglect cases and other cases related to child protection,” she said in her speech during the Children’s Safety campaign programme launch here yesterday.
Dr Wan Azizah said the aim of having assistant protection officers was to save children in danger or children who are abandoned or neglected in each of the officer’s own community.
She said the Child Act covered various aspects of child protection, preservation and participation which preserve children’s welfare and rights.
This is in addition to the use of Talian Kasih 15999 by the public to report such cases.
Dr Wan Azizah said the implementation of the protection system was shared by the protection officer, doctors, police, parents and the public.
In an interview, Department of Social Welfare director-general Mohd Fazari Mohd Salleh said the 249 people identified were cleared by the police of any criminal records and the names were now with the Department of Insolvency which will identify whether any of them is a bankrupt.
He said after the process, the names approved would be gazetted.
He said the assistant protection officers would assist the protection officers, which numbered around 400 currently, he said.
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