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Garda Inspectorate calls for reform of sex abuse procedures | Print |  Email
Sunday, 05 February 2012

Having discovered a shortfall of some 65% in the numbers of child sex abuse cases contained in official crime figures, the Garda Inspectorate has called for greater specialisation within An Garda Síochána, with detectives trained to interview child victims and the appointment of a Garda assistant commissioner with special responsibility for child protection.  When Gardaí were unable to supply the inspectorate with annual figures for sex offences against children, it requested paperwork to be checked in the 112 Garda districts and found the disparity between the paper records and the Garda computer database.

The Inspectorate also criticised what they referred to as ‘turf issues’ between the Garda and the HSE, which resulted in a delay in investigating allegations of abuse.

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