9 May 2015

Australian Child Protection Panel, Police to be sent to Nauru

7:37 pm on 9 May 2015

Australia's Immigration Department has established a Child Protection Panel to provide independent advice on child protection at the country's asylum seeker detention centres -- including the one on Nauru.

It says four Australian Federal Police officers will also travel to Nauru to advise local police.

The immigration minister, Peter Dutton, says the announcement is partly in response to the recent Moss Review, which found evidence of physical and sexual assault at the detention centre on Nauru.

Mr Dutton says the child protection panel consists of three highly skilled and independent individuals in the fields of law enforecement, child protection and public sector accountability -- John Lawler, Margaret Allison and Dominic Downie.

He says two of the police officers being sent to Nauru have extensive experience in investigation sexual assault allegations and will provide Nauru police advice on how to manage such investigations.

The other two, who are being sent at Nauru's request, will provide guidance in relations to recent protests on the island in February and March.

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