Submissions open on Child Sex Offender Register

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The Government is seeking public feedback on the establishment of a Child Sex Offender Register.

The Child Protection (Child Sex Offender Register) Bill passed its first reading in Parliament on 15 September 2015. The Bill "aims to reduce sexual reoffending against child victims, and the risk posed by serious child sex offenders by providing government agencies with the information needed to monitor child sex offenders in the community and providing up-to-date information that assists the Police to more rapidly resolve cases of child sex offending."

Submissions to the Social Services Select Committee close on 28 October 2015. The Committee findings are due to be reported back to Parliament by 15 March 2016. Visit the Parliament website for more information on how to make a submission.

Background information on the Bill and further research and resources are available in a previous Clearinghouse story.

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Anniversary of RSA tragedy, Press Release: Sensible Sentencing Trust, 09.12.2015

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Law Society questions effectiveness of proposed child sex offender register, NZ Law Society, 02.12.2015

Law Society critical of child sex offender register, 3 News, 02.12.2015

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Bill of Rights blocks sex offender proposal, NewsTalk ZB, 02.12.2015

Pedophiles’ Register Will Protect Families, Press Release: Family First, Scoop, 18.11.2015

Sex abuse register under fire from support groups, Radio NZ, 11.11.2015

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Proposed child sex offender register "could increase re-offending", Stuff, 02.11.2015

Bill preventing sex offenders from changing their name headed to Parliament, Stuff, 15.10.2015

AWOL Sex Offender puts kids’ safety at risk – SST, Press Release: Sensible Sentencing Trust, Scoop, 28.09.2015

Does NZ need a Child Sex Offender Register, Press Release: Office of the Clerk, Scoop, 21.09.2015

A-G says BORA problems with sex offender register bill, Law Society, 13.08.2015