Call for law boost

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - AMELIA SAW

CHILD pro­tec­tion group Brave­hearts is call­ing for Aus­tralia to adopt a British law to al­low po­lice greater pow­ers of pub­lic dis­clo­sure to guard against child sex­ual abuse.

The UK leg­is­la­tion, known as Sarah’s Law, al­lows any mem­ber of the pub­lic to ask po­lice if a per­son in con­tact with a child has a crim­i­nal record for of­fences of child sex abuse, or of vi­o­lence such as do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

The law al­lows po­lice to dis­close in­for­ma­tion con­fi­den­tially to the per­son most able to pro­tect the child. It lasts for an of­fender’s life­time.

In Aus­tralia, po­lice can­not dis­close in­for­ma­tion to par­ents or car­ers. Brave­hearts founder Hetty John­ston said the law would be of huge ben­e­fit here.

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