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Child sex abuse team starts work in January


A special investigation team is being set up by police that will investigate all child sex abuse cases as from January 2017.

“The expertise of the involved professionals is an essential prerequisite for the early identification and effective treatment of sexual abuse incidents and exploitation of children,” police said in a statement. They also called upon all relevant authorities to follow their example and to aim to provide specialised professional services for abused children and adults.

In particular, they invited the ministry of labour to revive the institution of the specialisation of family counselling which, according to the law, manages cases of the abuse of adults and children.

“It is no accident that research on the subject consider the expertise of professionals as the most crucial factor of the effective implementation of the law,” the statement said.

According to the announcement, the team will be based in the office handling domestic affairs, violence and child abuse at the police headquarters’ anti-crime department and is expected to be fully operational by January 1. Part of the work of the special investigation team will be in cooperation with the ‘Home of the child’, a multidisciplinary centre to provide services for abused children which will run from the summer of 2017. The centre will be established with government funding and run by various involved services.

The police effort, which will have an equal number of male and female investigators, was welcomed by the Advisory Committee for the Prevention and Combating of Domestic Violence.

The advisory committee has organised campaigns against family violence since its establishment in 1996.

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