BANGI: Parents and people directly involved with children should check the background of their potential employees against the registry of sexual offenders against children (e-DKK), which has received 68 applications since April.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said following these applications, checks were made against 1,254 names.
“The system was introduced to enable parents, individuals and employers intending to hire someone to take care of children to check the background of their potential employees.
“This is to ensure that the people applying do not have records for sexual offences against children,” she said in her speech at the closing of the Social Welfare Department’s Junior Khalifah Programme here yesterday.
The e-DKK service, she added, was provided free.
Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said the Diversion Programme – a collection of intervention programmes to address social problems among children – would be implemented in August in Sepang, Seremban and Port Dickson.
The programme, she said, would be carried out initially to assess its suitability, preparedness and capability of the resources involved as well as to provide room for improvement before its nationwide implementation.
She said the Diversion Programme was an alternative approach to handling children that have conflicts with the law without having to go through the existing justice system.
“This programme is to ensure that children found involved in minor crimes do not go through the remand process and imprisonment.
“We do not want to put them in a situation that can lead them to commit more serious crime due to their time spent in prison,” she said. — Bernama