NEW LAWS TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM VIOLENT OFFENDERS

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NSW is one step closer to tough new laws for those who commit violent offences against children, with the NSW Opposition today introducing a notice of motion on its child protection bill.

The Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment (Protection from Serious Offenders) Bill 2015 would mean a parent or guardian previously convicted of murder or manslaughter of a child would have any future children automatically removed from them at birth. 

The new laws would also apply to those convicted of serious violent offences against their own children. 

Any person convicted of murder, manslaughter of a violent offence against a child would be prohibited from caring for or living with a child or young person in the future. 

In developing the Bill, the Opposition consulted widely with a range of stakeholders though the Child Protection Discussion Paper and Child Protection Roundtable – including frontline service providers, legal experts and non-government organisations. 

The Opposition worked closely with Jannice Florendo, whose daughter Ikicia Leach was tragically murdered at the age of seven weeks by her own father. 

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley also met with the maternal grandparents of Bailey Constable, who was killed by his step father Nathan Forrest at four years of age. 

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley 

“For the perpetrators of horrendous crimes against children, there can be no second chances.” 

“There is no higher duty for the state than to protect our children – it’s clear our child protection measures need to change.”  

“We simply cannot allow parents who have taken the life of an innocent child through either murder or neglect to have the chance to harm another child.”  

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Tania Mihailuk 

“This is carefully considered legislation that has seen us consult widely with many organisations across the sector, while also listening first-hand to the tragic and moving stories of people like Jannice.”  

“We owe it to the tragic victims like Ikicia to do everything in our power to protect children in the future from these types of offenders.” 

“This is above politics: we want to work with the Government in a bipartisan way and we hope they’ll come to the table to bring forward much-needed reform to child protection laws.”