Justice Minister David Ford visited the Child Abuse Investigation Unit in Ballymoney Police Station and met with police officers and Registered Intermediaries.
David Ford said: “Every effort should be made to investigate crimes against children and vulnerable adults, and I congratulate the police on their professionalism and dedication in bringing perpetrators to justice.
“I would encourage young victims, parents and carers to report incidents to the police, confident in the knowledge that highly skilled police officers, with the assistance of Registered Intermediaries, will give them all the support they need to tell the police what happened.”
The Minister also saw the child-friendly furniture in the interview suite which had recently been purchased with money from the Victims of Crime Fund and presented certificates to the appointed Registered Intermediaries.
The Minister said: “The role of Registered Intermediary is already making a significant impact by ensuring access to justice for those within our society who are most vulnerable.”
Detective Inspector, Bob Blemmings of the Public protection Unit said: “The core purpose of the Public Protection Unit is to keep people safe. It is vitally important that the most vulnerable in communities, often children and vulnerable adults, are protected by police and the criminal justice system. More online!
“Our work with children and vulnerable adults is often invisible to the wider public. The complexities of our investigations and the level of risk and harm involved can sometimes only be understood by those involved in the process. So, I am pleased to provide an insight into our work for the Justice Minister and the wider public and demonstrate our commitment to keeping people safe.”