Lightening can Strike Twice: The Case for the Management and Control of Violent Offenders against Children in Northern Ireland
This paper uses a case example to illustrate the need for robust arrangements manage violent offenders against children in Northern Ireland. It compares the legislative and policy framework used to deal with such offenders in England and Wales, demonstrating the more limited provisions in Northern Ireland. Within Northern Ireland, differing frameworks are used to monitor and manage sexual offenders and non-sexual violent offenders. Experience from the management of sexual offenders has shown that preventative orders are essential to ensure compliance with notification requirements, and in a few cases to restrict, moderate and track the movement and activities of those deemed to pose a high risk. It is our contention that similar preventative orders and notification provisions are overdue in respect of those who pose a risk of serious or repetitive violence to children. Conclusions are drawn and a series of recommendations provided on the necessary legislative and policy changes to help protect children from violent abuse.
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