Publication of Garda Inspectorate Report Responding to Child Sexual Abuse A follow up Review Tuesday 27 February 2018 The Garda Inspectorate welcomes the publication today by the Minister for Justice and Equality of the Inspectorate’s twelfth report entitled Responding to Child Sexual Abuse, a follow up Review. This review directly relates to a previous Inspectorate report on the investigation of child sexual abuse published in 2012 and it is the first time that the Inspectorate has specifically re-examined an area previously inspected. The report is a comprehensive examination of Garda Síochána practices and procedures in handling this important issue and as Chief Inspector Mark Toland observed, child sexual abuse is one of the most serious types of crime for the Garda Síochána to deal with. The aim of the review is to look at the progress of the recommendations made in the previous report, examine joint-working arrangements under Children First National Guidance and consider the impact of new threats and challenges that face the investigation of child sexual abuse by the Garda Síochána.

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