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Thu, 28 Nov, 2013 04:30:58 AM
Parliament moves to enact law on voluntary work with Children
FTimes-STT Report, November 28
 
File Picture of Children. Photo - Lehtikuva.
A parliamentary body on Wednesday took an initiative to introduce a provision for mandatory checking of criminal records of people who run voluntary organisations that work with children.
 
The parliamentary committee on culture and education proposed enacting a law in this regard. 
 
The committee members said it would be not wise if criminal records are checked only at the initial stages. They said the authorities would keep on checking records continuously. 
 
File Picture of Children. Photo - Lehtikuva.
The government, however, said the criminal records could be asked for but it should not be made mandatory because then it might have negative impacts on the welfare of children.
 
The logic for keeping the provision optional was that if it was made mandatory, then organisations may get discouraged to voluntarily work with children.
 
The committee also suggested keeping the process of obtaining records free of cost so that small organisations would not have to bear any financial burden.
 
The proposal will be sent to the legal affairs committee, who will prepare a draft law and place it before the house for passage.
 
 
 
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