Thursday, October 18, 2007

Have you heard about "List 99"?

In Britain, the Department of Education and Skills (DfES) mantains a special category of people (both men and women) who are barred from working with children. They are barred from working with children irrespective of whether they are in a permanent employment, social work or even in a voluntary capacity. Click here on how UK does its checks before employing an individual to work with children.

Under List 99, which has been put to good use for over 80 years, there is a wide list of reasons why these individuals are barred. This includes sex related offenses, keeping images of child porn, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, violent crime, deception, mental illness and many more. Since we are all targetting to be a developed nation, it is high time we think and act like a developing nation, rather than continue third world nation behaviour. Sometimes it is easy to heap all the blame on the Government. But we parents aren't always blameless.

What are we teaching our children? Are we too busy to give our precious time to children? Why are we not campaigning to exclude sex offenders from getting close to our children?

Perhaps it is time our Wakil Rakyats debate these pertinent issues in Parliament rather than wasting time and arguing over impactless issues.

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