Fears of hurdles for rehabilitated sex offenders

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 March, 2010, 12:00am

Equal Opportunities Commission chief Lam Woon-kwong is concerned that a proposed check for sexual offences for anyone applying to work with children might impose another hurdle on former offenders seeking employment and affect their rehabilitation.

The Law Reform Commission suggested last month that those applying for jobs that involve working with children would have to obtain police proof that they have not been convicted of any of 38 sexual offences.

In a paper to the Legislative Council, which is looking at the setting up of a sex-offenders register, Lam said 'some employers or parents may simply refuse to allow a previous sex offender, even after rehabilitation, to work in a child-related field solely on the basis of his or her conviction record'.

The watchdog suggests that sufficient measures should be put in place to ensure that employment opportunities for rehabilitated sex offenders will not be inadvertently affected by the introduction of such a scheme.