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Investigation and prosecution of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children: the example and experience of Denmark. Lars Lichtenstein Regional Conference on Stopping Sexual Violence against Children Zagreb, 27-28 October 2011. How does Denmark benefit from the Convention?.

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Investigation and prosecution of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children: the example and experience of Denmark

Lars Lichtenstein

Regional Conference on Stopping Sexual Violence against Children

Zagreb, 27-28 October 2011

how does denmark benefit from the convention
How does Denmark benefit from the Convention?
  • Broad approach
  • Awareness raising/political interest
  • Will support efforts both at national and international level
general principles of the convention

General principles of the Convention

Best interest and respect of the child

Avoid aggravation of the trauma suffered

Priority and efficiency

Measures should not contradict the rights of the suspect

Investigations do not depend on accusation

the danish approach videotaped interviews

The Danish approach- videotaped interviews

Main rule: children under the age of 13

Performed within a week of the report

Specially trained interviewers

Home visits

Rights of the defendant – legal counsel

Questions put to the child

challenges ahead internet related crime

Challenges ahead- Internet-related crime

”Grooming” cases

Inter-agency working group

Proactive investigation concept

Specialised unit (NITEC)

Investigation coordinators in police districts

Legal, practical and ethical questions

cooperation and education

Cooperation and education

Police and prosecution working closely together

Reform in 2007 – larger police districts and more specialisation

National forums – coordination and exchange of views and experiences

Compulsory and optional courses

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