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Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 No 51
Current version for 25 August 2017 to date (accessed 23 September 2017 at 13:41)
Part 5 Section 31
31   Powers of Children’s Guardian to compel production of information
(1)  The Children’s Guardian may, by notice in writing, require any government agency to provide the Children’s Guardian with information (including documents) relevant to an assessment of whether a person poses a risk to the safety of children.
(2)  A notice under subsection (1) may be given for the purposes of:
(a)  preparing submissions to the Tribunal under this Act or section 16 of the Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act 2000, or
(b)  determining an application for a working with children check clearance or an assessment of an applicant or the holder of a clearance.
(3)  A government agency to which any such notice is given is by this section authorised and required to provide the Children’s Guardian with the information sought by the notice.
(4)  The Children’s Guardian may, by notice in writing, request a person other than a government agency to provide the Children’s Guardian with a statement setting out information specified by the notice relevant to an assessment of whether a person poses a risk to the safety of children for the purposes of this Act.
(5)  A person other than a government agency to whom any such request is given is by this section authorised to provide the Children’s Guardian with the information requested.
(6)  A notice under this section may specify a day on or before which the notice is to be complied with.
(7)  If documents are given to the Children’s Guardian under this section, the Children’s Guardian:
(a)  may take possession of, and make copies of or take extracts from, the documents, and
(b)  may keep possession of the documents for such period as is necessary for the purposes of preparing the submission or considering an application, and
(c)  during that period must permit them to be inspected at all reasonable times by the persons who would be entitled to inspect them if they were not in the possession of the Children’s Guardian.