Stuff.co 13 August 2013
Suspected child abusers could be banned from being around children for up to 10 years without being convicted of a crime under a proposed law to be announced today.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said the restrictions could mean up to 80 people a year are slapped with orders preventing them from working, living and socialising with children, with penalties of three years imposed on those who break the ban.
If police or Child, Youth and Family believe “on the balance of probabilities” someone poses a threat to a child, High Court or District Court judges could impose the ban, similar to restraining orders in cases of domestic violence.
Mrs Bennett expected opposition from human rights and civil liberties groups but believed she had the support of New Zealanders for the moves.
The law, which is among a raft of child abuse prevention measures to be unveiled today, would also allow police to tell parents if their partner was the subject of such a restriction.