Consultation on child sexual exploitation law

Consultation opened on 19 February 2019. Closing date 16 April 2019.


The Department of Justice has launched a public consultation inviting views on current laws which protect children from sexual exploitation and proposed measures to strengthen some laws where appropriate.


Consultation description

The Department is seeking views from interested parties and individuals, particularly those who have experience in dealing with child sexual exploitation.   

The consultation looks at existing criminal law relating to a number of specific areas including: indecent images of children; grooming and online exploitation; child abduction; child sex dolls and sexual offences involving abuse of trust.  It also proposes additional measures to assist in dealing with ‘upskirting’ and strengthened police powers to prevent and stop exploitation and abuse.


If you require a copy of the consultation in an alternative format please contact the Department:


Telephone:         02890 169602


In writing:           

Criminal Policy Branch
Criminal Justice Policy and Legislation Division
Department of Justice
Massey House
Stormont Estate
Belfast, BT4 3SX

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