Process to verify background of school staff simplified

No more home visits; Cops to use Crime Criminal Information System

The City police have simplified the background verification process of teaching and non-teaching staff of schools in the City.

The verification of the staff was made compulsory as part of the new child safety guidelines issued by the government, in the wake of a series of child sexual abuse incidents in schools.

Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the flagging off ceremony of the ‘Child Safety Week’ here on Monday, Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Alok Kumar said the process of issuing No Objection Certificate (NoC) had been made simpler.

The police officials are receiving a huge number of applications for verification of background of school staff. Earlier, the process involved police officials visiting the homes of the applicants for verification, something similar to that for passports.

In a more streamlined approach, the police officials are now making use of Crime Criminal Information System (CCIS) to verify the background of a person.
“If the names of the teaching or non-teaching staff do not figure in the CCIS, they will be issued an NoC.”

An order intimating the same has been sent to the deputy commissioners of police. If a person’s name figures in the CCIS, the NoC will not be issued. It will be the responsibility of the management to decide on terminating the services of the person in their school, Kumar said.

The Child Safety Week is being hosted by the Department of Public Instructions to sensitise school managements to the various safety issues of children in school. A day-long workshop was organised for the same, informing schools about rules and provisions under the law for protection of children in schools. With an overwhelming number of child safety guidelines issued by different departments, several schools are in confusion over their implementation.

Schools are deeming it an additional burden on them to constantly monitor the implementation of these guidelines. In the workshop, representatives from UNICEF, National Law School, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and other government departments allayed the school managements’ fears and gave them tips to effectively implement the guidelines.

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