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Historical criminal records for children without crimes being committed

From 31 December 2018, the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 is amended in an attempt to redress the wrong done to children who had historical criminal records when no crimes were committed.

From 31 December 2018, the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 is amended in an attempt to redress the wrong done to people who, historically, had criminal records attributed to them as children, because of the lack of separation between child welfare and the criminal justice system. The Act makes it clear that these records need not be disclosed in response to any question taken under oath and are not to be treated as a finding of guilt for any purpose. Police and other agencies who send out official records must release information that corrects the apparant criminal nature of any such records.

See Child protection—Historical child protection orders

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