Child Redress International Granted Participant Status In Civil Orders Case Study


The Law Of...Child Redress Involvement In The UK Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse

The UK Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) first preliminary hearing on the Civil Orders case study took place on 6 June 2018. This case study sits within the Children Outside the United Kingdom investigation, which is part of the Inquiry’s wider investigation into institutional failures in connection with the abuse of children outside the United Kingdom.

Silvia Nicolaou Garcia, Community Care and Public Law Solicitor, explains the case study and what it means for Child Redress International.

Who Are The IICSA?

The IICSA was established in 2014 to investigate historical allegations of child abuse. The Inquiry was set up due to the increasing number of people coming forward with allegations of abuse they suffered as a child.

The IICSA is now mid-way through its work, and to date 13 investigations have been completed. In March 2018 IICSA published its report into the Child Migration Scheme, operated by the UK government between the 1940s and the 1970s. The Inquiry was critical of the UK Government and relevant institutions and made recommendations, including that the UK Government should set up a compensation process to make payments in redress.

The Civil Orders Case Study

The case study will consider the adequacy of the civil framework for the prevention of, and notification to foreign authorities of foreign travel by individuals known to UK authorities as a risk to children.

This framework includes the powers to make foreign travel orders (FTOs) or at Risk of Sexual Harm Orders (RSHOs), that were set out in the Sexual Offences Act 2003, as well as Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and Sexual Risk Orders provided by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Key points to be considered in the study are:

  • The circumstances in which the relevant orders can be made and what they seek to achieve
  • The extent to which the power to make those orders has been used since they were introduced
  • The practical impact of such orders on known offenders when they have been used
  • Whether there is a need for change in the framework applicable to those orders  

Child Redress International’s Participation

Child Redress International (Child Redress) made an application for core participant status, which was granted on 18 May 2018. Child Redress has been recognised on the basis that it is a new organisation which works with child victims who have been abused, recently or contemporaneously.

They work with a large number of well-regarded, front-line organisations seeking to address the sexual exploitation of children in several countries around the world. To name just a few: Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand.

Through this network, Child Redress is aware of numerous British nationals who have been arrested, charged, prosecuted and/or convicted of various sex offences relating to children in the last few years.

In addition to this, Child Redress has been involved in a high-level meeting on law enforcement in relation to foreign perpetrators in Asia in December 2016, and has an understanding of how other countries such as Australia operate a Civil Orders regime.

In its application, Child Redress proposed to conduct a scoping exercise in conjunction with APLE Cambodia in order to provide the inquiry with further information about the abuse of Cambodian children by British perpetrators, the inadequacy of the current British system and to help identify children who have been the victims of British perpetrators.

Child Redress International is represented by Simpson Millar Solicitors, instructing Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC and Keina Yoshida of Doughty Street Chambers.

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