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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 sexual abuse of children: the example and experience of Denmarkfrom 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 sexual abuse of children: the example and experience of Denmark

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 sexual abuse of children: the example and experience of Denmark- 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 sexual abuse of children: the example and experience of Denmark- 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 sexual abuse of children: the example and experience of Denmark

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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