Child sexual abuse

Judith Gillespie appointed to chair working group on historical abuse

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.

Published 8 July 2020

Criminal justice watchdog raises concerns about child sexual exploitation

A watchdog has raised concerns about how the criminal justice system responds to child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Northern Ireland.

Published 30 June 2020

Child abuse cases taking up to 10 years to be dealt with

Criminal cases concerning possession or distribution of child abuse material are taking up to 10 years to be dealt with, according to new analysis.

Published 7 January 2020

High Court: Provincial of Oblate Fathers granted order dismissing personal injury proceedings

The Provincial of the Oblate Fathers of Ireland has been granted an order dismissing personal injury proceedings brought against him, in which a man who alleged he had suffered sexual abuse by an Oblate priest in the 1950s sought to hold him vicariously liable for the priests actions.

Published 19 September 2019

Galway pilot introduces Iceland-inspired 'child-centred' approach to child sex abuse

A pilot project to introduce a "child-centred" approach to dealing with child sexual abuse, based on the Icelandic "Barnahus" model, has been launched in Galway.

Published 17 September 2019

Child sex abuse survivors cannot be excluded from payment scheme on basis of no prior complaint

A judge has held that survivors of child sexual abuse in National Schools cannot be excluded from the State's ex-gratia payment scheme on the basis that they have not established a prior complaint against their abuser.

Published 9 July 2019