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McCartney - Review must enhance protocols to safeguard and protect the victims of sex offenders.

20 September, 2010 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin MLA and vice chair of the Justice Committee Raymond McCartney has welcomed the the joint meeting of the Health and Justice Committees at Stormont and stated that all must be done to safeguard the victims of sex offenders.

This follows the announcement by the Justice Minister David Ford that he is to review the way in which cases involving sex offenders are conducted.

Speaking today Mr McCartney said:

“I welcome the opportunity for MLA’s from both the Health Committee and the Justice Committee to have an input into the review of how cases involving sex offenders are conducted.

“Obviously these issues have been brought to the fore following the case in Donagh where numerous clerical errors were reported and the offenders were allowed to return to the village.

“Any review must deal sensitively with the subject and produce clear and concise outcomes and recommendations. Certainly I don’t think that David Ford’s statement provided enough clarity to restore public confidence following the series of errors that occurred with relation to this one case.

“We are interested in restoring public confidence that, if any such cases may occur in the future there remains no doubt as to the remit, duties and responsibilities of the various agencies involved.

“What we need to see is that the both the Health and Justice Departments work together in comprehensive way to ensure that the proper protocols exist to safeguard and protect the victims of any such cases." ends

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