Scheme to check for sex offenders

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 April, 2011, 12:00am


A new police scheme will allow employers and organisations who work with children to check if job applicants have a history of sex crimes, according to the Security Bureau.

Later this year, job applicants can apply for a police 'checking account code' to give to prospective employers to check whether they have or do not have convictions for sexual offences, according to a paper submitted by the Security Bureau and police to the Legislative Council's security panel yesterday.

Police will provide one-stop application services which require job applicants to submit an application in person, provide fingerprints to check their identity during the process and pay HK$169 for the service.

'If a sexual conviction record against the applicant is located or the applicant is involved in a sexual offence case, the [police] office will ask the applicant to attend in person at the office to verify the conviction record or take follow-up action,' the paper said.

This scheme will be voluntary and employers will only be able to conduct checks with the consent of prospective employees.

Employers can carry out a check by inputting codes and the first four digits of an identity card number provided by an applicant.

The Security Bureau said the 'sexual conviction record check mechanism' would be implemented in stages. The first stage covers employers and organisations or enterprises whose work involves children or mentally handicapped people.

The government would later consider opening the scheme to parents and volunteers.

The Law Reform Commission recommended last year that a system be established to enable employers to check conviction records to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse.