Government Inquiry into Handling of Child Sex Abuse Reports

Rachel Thain, member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers, welcomes the widespread inquiry announced recently.

There are grave concerns about a Home Office cover up of reports of organised child sex abuse in the 1980s and 1990s. It has been reported that 114 potentially relevant files are missing or have been destroyed. There is widespread anger and calls for a public inquiry. Appearing on the Andrew Marr show, Lord Tebbit commented that there was a general feeling at the time that the establishment was to be protected. However, things have changed.

Suspicions about a cover up have been widespread since the news broke and the Prime Minister has given a public commitment to a far reaching investigation. The inquiry will be panel based and is likely to be similar in nature to the Hillsborough Disaster Enquiry. It is expected to consider the manner in which complaints of child abuse have been dealt with by government, hospitals, the church, broadcasters and judicial authorities.

“Although attitudes towards child sex abuse have changed significantly in recent years, it is vital that any inquiry ensures transparency to promote the public’s faith. Victims must feel confident that they will be listened to if they come forward to report sex abuse, as being dismissed and silenced after disclosing abuse is likely to result in further traumatisation. This is unacceptable and must be addressed.”

The abuse team at Slee Blackwell welcomes the inquiry and will be keeping a close watch on developments of.

If you have been a victim of abuse and would like to discuss making a claim for compensation, contact Rachel Thain on 0333 888 0445 or by email at [email protected].

All enquiries are treated with the utmost confidentiality and discretion.

Government Inquiry into Handling of Child Sex Abuse Reports