Centre for Child Law to contest ruling on naming children involved in crime

Director the Centre for Child Law, Ann Skelton, said that the organisation will appeal the courts decision to allow media to name child witnesses, victims and offenders when they turn 18.

The case began with the kidnapping of Zephany Nurse, who was 17-years-old when she found out she was a victim of crime. She did not want the media to reveal her identity when she came of age, as she was still dealing with the effects.

Skelton says that the case is not aimed at preventing the media from telling the story, but rather it is about not making identifying details known to the public.

We believe that in order to get the benefit of that protection when you are a child, it is meaningless if you lose it when you turn 18.

Ann Skelton, Director the Centre for Child Law

When it comes to underage perpetrators, the law does allow for them to be named when they come of age. The media would have to get the permission of the court to reveal identifying details, which will be allowed in the interest of justice.

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