Child Sexual Abuse

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Ireland is set to ratify the Lanzarote Convention on protecting children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, Justice Minister Helen McEntee has announced. Earlier this year, Ireland became the only Council of Europe member state that had not ratified the Lanzarote Convention, which Ireland si

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The High Court has quashed a decision by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency (CFA), reaching a “provisional conclusion” that a man had engaged in sexual acts with a child in its review of historic sex abuse allegations. Mr Justice Garrett Simons said that the case illustrated “the v

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Child sexual exploitation laws in Northern Ireland are set to be strengthened following the completion of a recent review, Justice Minister Naomi Long has said. New legislation expected early next year will remove outdated terms such as "child prostitution" from existing legislation, ban adults from

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The Law Society of Ireland has welcomed news that the government is to ratify the Lanzarote Convention on child sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. Earlier this month, Ireland became the only Council of Europe member state that had not ratified the Lanzarote Convention, which it signed in October

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A former prosecution barrister has been sentenced to 100 hours' community service and given a two-year probation order for making and possessing indecent images of children and possession of extreme pornography. Jonathan Lowry, 60, who was once a leading prosecutor in Belfast and Dungannon Crown Cou

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Ireland will start the process to ratify the Lanzarote Convention on child sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, having previously been the only signatory which had not completed its ratification. Earlier this month, Ireland became the only Council of Europe member state that had not ratified the La

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Ireland has become the only signatory to the Lanzarote Convention on child sexual exploitation and sexual abuse which has not completed its ratification. Armenia yesterday became the 47th state to complete the ratification of the Council of Europe's Convention on Protection of Children against Sexua

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Former police officer Judith Gillespie has been appointed for a one-year term as the new independent chair on an inter-departmental working group on Mother and Baby Homes, Magdalene laundries and historical clerical child abuse. Ms Gillespie is the third person named as chair of the troubled group,

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A watchdog has raised concerns about how the criminal justice system responds to child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Northern Ireland. In a report published today, Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) highlighted a lack of clear leadership and strategic direction around tackling CSE.

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Criminal cases concerning possession or distribution of child abuse material are taking up to 10 years to be dealt with, according to new analysis. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court sentenced 45 offenders between 1 January 2018 and 1 January 2020, according to figures obtained by The Irish Times.

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