Therapy notes of sexually abused children 'being used for defendants in trials'

A charity that provides therapy to children who are victims of sexual abuse is calling for their counselling notes not to be used in criminal trials.

Therapy notes of sexually abused children 'being used for defendants in trials'

A charity that provides therapy to children who are victims of sexual abuse is calling for their counselling notes not to be used in criminal trials.

CARI has said what abused children tell their therapists must be kept confidential.

It said the notes are being used as evidence for the defence in criminal trials, and this may lead to clients avoiding therapy.

It may even discourage them from reporting sex abuse.

The call comes as Independent Senator Jillian Van Turnhout seeks to amend the Courts Bill to ensure client confidentiality is upheld in court cases involving abused children.

The Clinical Director of CARI, Majella Ryan is supporting the move and said the therapy notes should not be used in criminal proceedings.

Ms Ryan said: "It is another violation really of their privacy and this amendment o the legiaslation is really important in terms of protecting and helping to protect children who have been sexually abused."

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