§ Mrs. Dunwoody
To ask the Attorney-General if he will list the training and retraining courses on child abuse available to Her Majesty's judges and the number of courses that have been organised in the past year.
§ The Attorney-General
The Judicial Studies Board organises induction and refresher courses for circuit judges, recorders and assistant recorders in both the criminal and the civil and family jurisdictions. These courses cover a wide range of topics in order to give those who attend them a comprehensive picture of sentencing and current matters of importance. In 1988 Lord Justice Butler-Sloss spoke on "Child Protection in the Law" and in 1989, on "Child Protection—The Implications of the New Legislation", during which lectures she dealt with child abuse.
The subject was also included in discussions at the annual conference for circuit judges arranged under the auspices of the president of the Family Division.
A session dealing with child abuse will be included in the course currently being prepared to meet the requirements of the Children Act.