Story: Youth offenders

Police actions

In 1990 Auckland police removed young people off central Auckland streets after nightfall on two occasions. They acted under section 48 of the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1989 (renamed the Oranga Tamariki Act in 2017), which allows police to return to their homes children and young people found without adult supervision and in situations where their physical and mental health is likely to be impaired to their parents, or, failing that, to place them in the care of a social worker. At the time critics argued that police actions infringed the rights of young people going about their lawful business. Supporters said it was a legitimate response to anti-social and criminal activity by young people in the central city.

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Gabrielle Maxwell, 'Youth offenders - Youth offenders: who, what and why', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2024)

Story by Gabrielle Maxwell, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Aug 2017