Ms Lewsley said she has written to the Secretary of State today asking for the Northern Ireland Office to check if any of the 540 offenders who committed crimes abroad are currently in Northern Ireland, and if they pose a risk to children.
“I was extremely worried to learn that there is a potential risk to children and young people,” said the Commissioner. “We could be in a situation where an adult is in a trusted position working with children and young people who is a convicted paedophile in another country.
Ms Lewsley said NICCY has raised concerns about vetting of adults who work with, or volunteer to work with children and young people.
“NICCY has made a series of recommendations to Government on the vetting of adults,” she said. “We are currently discussing with Government about how these are implemented.
“However, one of the key recommendations was that information on offenders should be shared and managed across international boundaries.
“This information was passed on to the Home Office, but from today’s reports it seems that nothing was done with that information until quite recently.”
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