Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse Announces First Investigations

The Inquiry, (known as “the Goddard Inquiry”) was set up by the government in 2014 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, to examine the failings of institutions in their duties to protect children from sexual abuse.

The first 12 investigations will concern a range of institutions including local Councils, residential schools, custodial institutions, MPs and Churches. They will also cover abuse by organized networks and the role of the internet.

It is clear that the scope of the Inquiry will be very wide indeed. It is projected to last for 5 years, but many seasoned commentators believe this to be a serious under-estimate, and that the actual length of the Inquiry could be up to 10 years.

Writing in July 2015 Hon. Lowell Goddard said

“The task ahead of us is daunting. The sexual abuse of children over successive generations has left permanent scars, not only on the victims themselves, but on society as a whole. This Inquiry provides a unique opportunity to expose past failures of institutions to protect children, to confront those responsible, to uncover systemic failures, to provide support to victims and survivors in sharing their experiences, and to make recommendations that will help prevent the sexual abuse and exploitation of children in the future”.

You can find more information and learn how to contribute to the enquiry here.

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