"Screen health workers for sex offences"

11th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

11 July 2007, RIJSWIJK – The Dutch Probation and After-care organisation Reclassering Nederland wants job applicants in health care to be required to produce a certificate of good behaviour. A spokesperson for Reclassering Nederland confirmed this after a report in the Algemeen Dagblad on Wednesday.

11 July 2007

RIJSWIJK – The Dutch Probation and After-care organisation Reclassering Nederland wants job applicants in health care to be required to produce a certificate of good behaviour. A spokesperson for Reclassering Nederland confirmed this after a report in the Algemeen Dagblad on Wednesday.

A certificate of good behaviour is usually requested when one is applying for a job involving contact with confidential data or vulnerable persons. Some professionals, like teachers, are required by law to produce such a certificate before they can be hired.

A survey by the AD indicates that doctors, nurses and other care providers that have been convicted of a sex offence can often find a job at a health care facility without any problem. The AD says that 75 percent of those working in healthcare were never asked for a certificate of good behaviour during the job application process.

Reclassering Nederland thinks that hospitals and other institutions should do everything within their power to protect vulnerable patients against sex offenders.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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