75 on child protection register

A total of 75 people are currently on the Protection of Minors Register, preventing them from holding any position which would see them work with children.

Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis confirmed the numbers today in reply to a parliamentary question by MP Carm Mifsud Bonnici. There are 76 registrations in total, as one person was placed on the register twice over two separate convictions.

The register was introduced in 2012. Convictions that can lead to people’s inclusion on the register include rape, sexual contact with minors, the ill-treatment of children, child pornography offences, the harassment or stalking of minors, the trafficking of drugs to minors and various offences relating to the prostitution of those under age.

Those on the register are prohibited from taking on any work which would see them work with children, even if this may not be their primary responsibility. Employers – and voluntary organisations – are legally bound to ensure that anyone working with minors is not on the register; failure to do so may see those responsible incur fines of up to €50,000 and jail terms of up to four years.