Govt. panel draws up report on system to vet childcare workers

An expert panel from the Japan's Children and Families Agency has drawn up a report regarding a system to check whether job applicants for schools and child daycare services have committed sex crimes in the past.

To protect children against sex crimes, the government plans to introduce a system modeled after Britain's Disclosure and Barring Service. The system would certify that individuals applying for jobs that involve working with children have not committed sexual offenses.

In the report put together on Tuesday, the panel says the use of the system should be mandatory for schools, daycare centers and child welfare facilities.

The report says facilities including unlicensed daycare centers, childcare services, cram schools and swimming schools can adopt the system voluntarily.

The report also says that the state should set up a certification scheme for providers of such services to encourage the use of the system. It said the state should disclose the names of certified service providers.

The panel says the system would check the records of sex crimes confirmed by courts regardless of victims' ages. It says the checks would not cover violations committed before a certain period of time.

The experts say more studies are needed on whether to include checks on offenses against local ordinances due to the various rules of prefectures.

They also say the system would not cover cases that were not indicted by a prosecutor, or other penalties by local administrations.

The Japanese government aims to submit a bill for setting up the system to the next extraordinary Diet session.