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Criminal record checks proposed for adults working with children

All adults working with children, whether paid or as volunteers, will have to agree to go through criminal records bureau checks, according to a new proposal presented to Minister of Justice, Beatrice Ask, today.

Schools and some health care institution already have the right to find out whether a person considered for employment has been convicted of sexual assault and some other crimes.

The proposal is based on an EU directive concerning the fight against sexual abuse of children, sexual exploitation of children and child pornography.

“It is a directive that Sweden has accepted,” said Nathalie Dahlén, secretary to the review which has formulated the new proposal.

“Therefore, Sweden has a duty to ensure that our law fulfills the demands,” added Dahlén.

Investigator Charlotta Riberdahl has also suggested that the period of limitation for most sex crimes against children should not commence until the child reaches legal age.

If accepted, the proposed rule will be valid from December 1st 2013.

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