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Junior Minister working to improve management of sex offenders

4 September, 2008


Sinn Féin Children's Minister Gerry Kelly MLA along with Jeffrey Donaldson met with NIO Minister Paul Goggins today to discuss ways of improving in the management of sex offenders who prey on the young and vulnerable on both sides of the border.

The Ministers met with Mr Goggins, whose department has responsibility for the policy on protecting the public from the risk posed by sex offenders in the community, to discuss initiatives for maximising arrangements for protection of children on both sides of the border.

They welcomed the scoping exercise being carried out to examine any legislative loopholes which may exist as well as non legislative differences which may exist between sex offender management and risk assessment arrangements North and South.

The Ministers also are seeking to dovetail work on public awareness of child protection issues.

Minister Kelly said:

"This is an issue of intense public interest. It has been debated in the assembly and it is also a matter which has come before the North South Ministerial Council and the British Irish Council.

"Although policy responsibility for sex offender management presently rests with the NIO, we as Ministers with special responsibility for children feel we can play a part in ensuring every possible step is taken to ensure their safety." ENDS

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