National Child Protection Register takes shape
The number of people listed on the Child Protection Register
(CPR) as being unsuitable to work with children stands at 438.
This was disclosed by Social Development director-general,
Vusi Madonsela in a recent briefing to the Social Development and Justice
departments in Parliament.
A CPR protects children from culprits of abuse. It also
helps the Department of Social Development to identify communities which need
awareness and prevention programmes.
Madonsela said more people could be listed with help from
other government departments, including Department of Basic Education and the
Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development,
through the courts, provides the Department of Social Development with all
convictions of all people charged with child abuse.
The register has two parts. Part A records abuse,
circumstances surrounding the abuse and related information. Part B is a
of people deemed unsuitable to work with children as a result of
previous incidents. The register includes names of people found guilty
of crimes against children and those found not guilty but declared by
the court to be unsuitable to work with children.
The CPR is a crucial part of the implementation of the Children's Act.
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