This Act was signed by the President on 18 July, 2012 and came into effect on 1 August 2012.

The Act creates a criminal offence of withholding information relating to the commission of a serious offence, including a sexual offence, against a person under 18 years or a vulnerable person.

The offence arises where a person knows or believes that a specified offence has been committed against a child or vulnerable person and he or she has information which would be of material assistance in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of another person for that offence and fails without reasonable excuse to disclose that information as soon as it is practicable to do so to a member of the Garda Síochána. 

Act, Explanatory Memo, Bill & Debates  

Associated S.I.'s    

Regulatory Impact Analysis

Application form for organisations & persons seeking to be prescribed in accordance with section 5 of the Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences Against Children or Vulnerable Persons)