Lord Mayor Of London To Head Child Abuse Inquiry

Government Confirms Details Of Plans For Investigation

08.09.2014

Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf has been appointed to head the Government’s inquiry into historical child abuse in the UK.
 
Established in July, the inquiry was set up following concerns were raised regarding allegations of high-profile individuals within Westminster and Whitehall being implicated in a cover-up related to child sex abuse.
 
It will also consider questions raised regarding the handling of allegations by police and authorities contacted regarding the likes of Jimmy Savile.
 
Professor Alexis Jay, who recently authored a report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, is also set to act on the panel as an expert adviser.
 
Theresa May, the home secretary, said: “In recent years, we have seen appalling cases of organised and persistent child sex abuse which have exposed serious failings by public bodies and important institutions.
 
"We are absolutely clear that we must learn the lessons of past failures and the panel will be instrumental in helping us to do this."

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Expert Opinion
It is very welcome to see, after a difficult start, that progress has been made with pushing forward with this inquiry.

"Following the appalling revelations seen in relation to Rotherham, it is clear that the scope of this inquiry has taken on greater importance and that answers are clearly necessary regarding how cases of abuse have been handled by authorities.

"Lessons need to be learned from the problems of the past if more young people are going to be safeguarded in the future, while it is important that the inquiry puts a clear spotlight on the needs of survivors of abuse.

"We would urge that support mechanisms are in place to help those who contribute to the inquiry, as their help and input will be invaluable – although giving evidence will mean they relive the terrible ordeals they have endured. It is vital that they are giving the necessary support when reliving the trauma they’ve faced."
Tracey Storey, Partner