As reported by The Hindu, the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has suggested mandatory Police verification for any person appointed to work at child care institutions. Dr. Sushma Kirtani, Chairperson of the Commission suggested that all staff appointed at such centres will have to sign a child care protection policy.
This step will be a welcome move to safeguard young children in the child “care” centres. The idea behind this initiative is that every child should be provided with appropriate, age- specific education in every centre and negligence of any kind is curbed.
Child care institutions are supposed to be safe spaces for children. Imagine, a convict parading as a custodian, with the intent to harm them. It would be mindful to critically verify the person before leaving children at the mercy of such evil minded people.
Schools also have been put under scanner, due to some shameless episodes. Earlier this year, the headmistress of a private school in Bengaluru was arrested after a 3-year-old was sexually assaulted on the school premises. The numbers are alarming!!
Parents with young children are keeping worrisome about such occurrences. Waking up to this, the government initiated to make police verification mandatory for school teachers. Many more cases in the past necessitated deliberation of Govt. intervention, to ensure safety of children inside their own kingdom. Police Verification combined with ID check, education check, criminal record check etc.
could be the way to ensure genuine and clean credentials of hires!