July 20, 2005

Child laws praised

Geelong Info

Thursday, July 21

ST MARY of the Angels parish priest Father Kevin Dillon believes new child protection screening laws are the most realistic way of dealing with an horrific problem.

Fr Dillon said the laws would hopefully help end the ``shameful misuse of trust'' which led to cases of abuse in the past.

Up to 670,000 Victorians will face police checks under the tough new legislation introduced to State Parliament yesterday.

Workers who undertake unsupervised contact with children will be affected by the changes.

Workers at churches, child care centres, children's hospital wards, foster carers, clubs and associations will be affected.

Fr Dillon said that such a remedy was called for as the problem affected many levels of society.

Posted by kshaw at July 20, 2005 06:28 PM