Gardai and health chiefs have been urged to work together when investigating child sex abuse cases.
Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan claimed inter-agency co-operation would prevent young victims having to repeat the experience and the trauma of an incident.
The watchdog wants officers and the Health Service Executive (HSE) to work together in their investigations.
"What we're encouraging the gardai to do, and our health service, is to work together to carry out joint interviews, so the child comes in and there is much less repetition in the experience and the trauma," she said.
"We're trying to encourage them to say 'Let's get that inter-agency co-operation working'."
Ms Logan made her remarks as a homeless man was remanded in custody charged with the rapes of two young girls lured away from a children's birthday part