July 27, 2015 at 11:55 am
Joint Press Release by the Malta Union of Teachers and the Lisa Marie Foundation
The Malta Union of Teachers and the Lisa Marie Foundation are both in agreement with any measures that will help to protect all minors from persons who can be of harm to them. It is thus that both organisations are in agreement with the general objectives behind the proposals included in the white paper just published to this effect.
The MUT and LMF insist that the measures included in the white paper should cover all adults working with minors, whether they are educators in education structures or other professionals working with children. Both organisations believe that stronger procedures and good governance should be put in place to ensure that our children are never put into the care of those who seek to do them harm.
Both organisations also agree that the vast majority of educators and professionals working with children are an overwhelmingly positive influence in the lives of our children, and therefore it is of paramount importance to preserve the integrity and reputation of these professions from rogue individuals whose actions may lead to undermining all the positive work done by educators.
The MUT and the LMF both agree that educators should not be put in a position where they need to prove that they are not sex offenders and therefore both organisations are proposing and appealing to legislators to reform the sex offenders register system whereby employers and organisations that work with children should be allowed access to this register, or the register be made public.
Both the Malta Union of Teachers and The Lisa Maria Foundation agree that there should be a constructive dialogue between all stakeholders on the proposed measures and how they should be implemented.