CMC reviewing laws to protect children from sex offenders

QUEENSLANDERS have been invited to have their say on how children should be protected from sex offenders in the community.

The Crime and Misconduct Commission is reviewing laws that enable courts to order child sex offenders keep their distance from children, including not living near schools and playgrounds.

The Child Protection (Offender Prohibition Order) Act 2008 review is looking at how offenders dabble in concerning behaviour, how the authorities respond and related child protection.

"We are also examining alternative ways that the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Corrective Services and other authorities manage concerning conduct," CMC's applied research and evaluation director Dr Rebecca Denning said.

"As part of this review, the CMC is calling for submissions from the public."

Dr Denning explained the CMC was especially keen to hear from people who deal with administering the laws first hand.

A final report will be tabled in Queensland Parliament.

Submissions can be made over the phone, via email, online, fax or through the post.

Submission close on September 16.



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