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Annual Report 2015-2016 Office of the Children's Commissioner Northern Territory



Annual Report 2015-2016 Office of the Children's Commissioner Northern Territory

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Interaction with Legislation Proposed Sex Offender and Child Homicide Offender Public Website (Daniels Law) Bill 2015 The OCC provided comment on the Proposed Sex Offender and Child Homicide Offender Public Website (Daniels Law) Bill 2015. The OCC did not support the establishment of a public register for offenders due to the absence of any evidence to support its success. The OCC provided detailed research and advice to stakeholders who consulted with the office. The Bill was not enacted into legislation. Youth Justice Amendment Bill 2016 Youth Justice Amendment Bill 2016 was introduced in 2016 making amendments to the Youth Justice Act. The Bill amended the use of restraints from handcuffs or similar device to approved restraint being a mechanical device. The new definition was to comprise of four categories handcuffs, ankle cuffs, waist restraining belts and safety equipment. It also broadened the circumstances and justification for the use of restraints on young people in detention. The OCC did not support this Bill in its entirety. Engagement with Children and Young People in Care The OCC attended a number of events and meetings involving children and young people in care, along with their carers including the CREATE Christmas party and the Kentish Children and Young Persons Awards. These events give the carers or children an opportunity to raise any issues they may have about their care experience whilst also giving OCC the chance to explain their role to the children. The Commissioner continues to use a twitter account to engage with children and young people and to promote accessibility to advice, information and various events for children, stakeholders and organisations which deal directly with children. The account provides those organisations with information about activities the Childrens Commissioner is conducting, other relevant events, and relevant policy topics that might be of interest. However the OCC currently has limited capacity to facilitate this engagement at desired levels. 21OFFICE OF THE CHILDRENS COMMISSIONER NORTHERN TERRITORY ANNUAL REPORT 2015-16

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