“Reports in today’s Irish Independent regarding the imminent report into health officials failure to supervise a paedophile on the sex offenders register clearly highlights the failure of the current system and the need to give parents access to appropriate information to protect their children” claims Denis Naughten TD.
Today’s newspaper report not only exposes the failure by health officials to properly monitor convicted sex offender Michael Ferry, and the total inadequacy of the current law covering the monitoring of sex offenders by the Gardaí, but also highlights the need for parents to be given access to appropriate Garda information so that they can protect their own children from exposure to predatory paedophiles
Denis Naughten, who recently published a Bill which would strengthen post release monitoring of child sex offenders and give the Gardaí the power to disclose limited information to the parents of children and vulnerable adults who are at risk from serious sex offenders, said:
“Garda intelligence has a meaningful role to play in protecting our children, but at present a large body of such intelligence sits passively on the Garda information systems. We need to make this work in the interests of child protection, by ensuring that parents are not the last ones to find out about a high risk sex offender with access to their children, and not when the child has already become a victim.”
The new law proposes the establishment of the Information on Child Sex Offenders scheme (ICSO scheme) which would enable parents and guardians to enquire whether persons coming into contact with their child or vulnerable adult have been convicted of a sexual offence or otherwise pose a serious danger to children.