Child Welfare Legislation Policy 1987

CHILD WELFARE LEGISLATION

CM. 27.5.87.

That the cautioning system be introduced into the legislation with the following safeguards:

  • that no admission of guilt be required prior to a   caution being administered, and cautions not be taken into account in sentencing and that they not be included in a child's record.
  • that the word "immediate" be left in clause 60(1) (a) of the Child (Care and   Protection) Bill 1987 but that a warrant should be obtained in cases that are not immediate, and that YACS officers be given training in the proper and appropriate use of their powers in these circumstances.
  • that parents should not be able to exercise their powers under clause 57(1) (b) without first having been counselled by an appropriate counsellor.
  • that the legislation specifically provide that where there is conflict of the interests of the child and the parent the Children's Court should be empowered to make the appointment and any right of a parent to appoint lawyers in circumstances of conflict should be removed by the court.