CitationKenny, B. (1999). Policy Briefing 2: Proposals Concerning the Establishment of a Register of Sex Offenders. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/861
AbstractThe growing recognition over the past fifteen years of the reality of the sexual abuse of
children has brought in its wake international debate concerning legal remedies,
therapeutic programmes and the need to introduce new measures to afford additional
protection to children. One of the most emotive and controversial elements of this
debate has concerned the establishment of registers of sex offenders.
Unfortunately this issue has tended to generate more heat than light. Much of the
argument has been based on attitude and ideology, rather than an objective evaluation of
the capacity and limitations of such registers to protect children. Seemingly extreme
measures have been adopted in some jurisdictions to give information to communities
about the whereabouts of convicted offenders, without commensurate guarantees as to
their effectiveness in protecting children. At the same time registers can give false
assurances that the situation is under control when in fact it is only details of offenders
who have been convicted, that they contain.