Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Home Sec announces an inquiry into historic child abuse

Theresa May has announced that she will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of the allegations of child abuse and has set up an independent inquiry panel, along the lines of the Hillsborough inquiry, which will examine not just how the Home Office dealt with allegations, but also how the police and prosecutors dealt with information handed to them. As a non-statutory inquiry, it will be able to begin its work sooner and will be at a lower risk of prejudicing criminal investigations because it will begin with a review of documentary evidence. The inquiry will be chaired by NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless.

This is what the Home Secretary had to say today:
‘I want to set three important principles.
- First, we will do everything we can to allow the full investigation of child abuse and the prosecution of its perpetrators, and we will do nothing to jeopardise those aims.
- Second, where possible the government will adopt a presumption of maximum transparency.
- And third, we will make sure that wherever individuals and institutions have failed to protect children from harm, we will expose these failures and learn the lessons."
This is how the BBC has approached the case: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28189072