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Civil Prevention Orders: Pursuing additional safeguards for children at risk of sexual harm

Date:4 AUG 2014
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Family Law

JANET OGANAH, Barrister and Mediator at 42 Bedford Row Chambers
CLAIRE LILLEY, Head of Child Online Safety at the NSPCC
DONALD FINDLATER, Director of Research and Development, Lucy
Faithfull Foundation

This article questions whether the new regime of Civil Prevention Orders in criminal law provides family law practitioners with broader opportunities to facilitate safeguarding and child protection in cases of child sexual abuse and online child sexual abuse.

The discussion will introduce family law practitioners to the new Civil Prevention Order regime, and briefly examine the old regime in order to consider the extent to which the new regime has resolved some of the previously identified difficulties. The article will then focus on the safeguarding and child protection opportunities presented by the new regime, with reference to case examples. The article concludes by suggesting practical steps that family law practitioners can take in family proceedings involving allegations of sexual abuse, in order to prompt the relevant police force to take action in appropriate cases.

It is hoped that this discussion informs and prompts family law practitioners to utilise the opportunities offered by Civil Prevention Orders to make referrals and facilitate safeguarding and child protection for all children who may be at risk of sexual harm proved in respect of individuals in family law proceedings; over and above the specific children who are the subject of the proceedings.

The full version of this article appears in the August 2014 issue of Family Law.

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