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Presentation Hosted by DCYA and IYJS

On the 21st March, 8 of the schools’ final year students, Sarah Loughran, Alison Kiely, Shane O’Reilly, Lauren Derwin, Katie Tyrrell, Pamela Gubbins, Una Walsh and John Dunne, presented their work on Legal and Policy Instruments to Protect Children from Adult’s Grooming for Crime, at a meeting hosted by Secretary-General Dr Fergal Lynch and Michelle Shannon, Director of Irish Youth Justice Services at the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. As part of their Advanced Lawerying module, the students used their learning over their degree course to produce a policy document that evaluated legislative and policy instruments employed in various jurisdictions to tackle the global problem of adults grooming children for crime. Specifically, the instruments were being examined to check their utility in relation to the problems presented by the Greentown study. The students’ work was part of the REPPP project and was supervised by Prof. Sean Redmond, Dr Eimear Spain and Dr Catherine Naughton. The students’ research was timely in the light of both the recent publication of Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Geoffrey Shannon’s annual report, which recommended the introduction of legislation to prosecute adults who groom children to commit crimes, and the introduction of the Criminal Law (Recruitment of Children to Engage in Criminal Activity) Bill 2018 to the Oireachtas by Deputy Anne Rabbitte. The students received very positive feedback from officials. Dr Fergal Lynch stated that it was ‘a hugely enjoyable presentation’. Officials commented favourably on the succinctness and precision of the inputs – 8 analyses presented in 20 minutes.