Child Sex Abuse Inquiry To Be Over By 2020 As Remit Is Scaled Back
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Child sex abuse inquiry to be over by 2020 as remit is scaled back Professor Jay said while she and her panel would endeavour to look closely at many institutions where youngsters were allegedly abused, it would be “impossible to do so for all of them”.
Child abuse inquiry head Alexis Jay vows to ‘fight on’ as major survivors’ group quits
Independent Newspaper 19th November 2016
The Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (Sosa), which represents at least 600 victims who lived in children’s homes in London, pulled out of participating in the inquiry – which is yet to hear any evidence – saying it had lost confidence in it.
“Having watched the IICSA unpalatable circus stumble and lurch from crisis to crisis with multiple resignations and claims of racial and sexual abuse thrown into the mix, it no longer matters whether we think the inquiry is just another stitch-up because it’s clearly a botch job that needs a drastic overhaul if it is ever to achieve its initial objectives.”
I am glad somebody is saying this:
It criticised the decision to appoint Prof Jay, who previously worked as a social worker, and said it would create a “social work talk shop” rather than a proper inquiry.
Professor Alexis Jay was appointed to the Panel of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in 2015. She was appointed as Chair of the Inquiry by the Home Secretary in August 2016 (iicsa.org.uk).
The Professor becomes the fourth chair of the independent inquiry following the departure earlier this month of Dame Lowell Goddard – and the first without a legal professional qualification.
Has anybody thought to ask the home secretary what will happen when Ms Jay is called up before the Scottish child abuse inquiry, either as a witness or as a defendant, in regard for example to cover-ups, failures to act, etc?
Theresa May accused of cover-up over child abuse inquiry concerns.
The Prime Minister accepted there had been “stories around” about the troubled probe when she was Home Secretary, but that it had been impossible for her to act on hearsay (independent, 19th October 2016).