Friday, 5 February 2016

Twelve investigations will run across England and Wales

"Current and former MPs, local councils and the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches are among the 12 sections of investigation during the `unprecedented` government inquiry into child abuse. Lambeth, Rochdale and Nottinghamshire councils will also be investigated over their failure to protect children from abuse in their care from paedophile gangs."

"Knowl View School and Cambridge House Hostel where former Lib Dem MP for Rochdale Cyril Smith was said to have abused children for years will also be examined as part of the inquiry into how institutions failed to protect children."

"Justice Lowell Goddard, head of the inquiry, announced 12 investigations will run at once across England and Wales. She said she hopes some of these will be concluded within 18 months, whereas others could take several years, describing the original five-year timetable for completion as `ambitious, but achievable`."

"Goddard said: `The investigation will focus on high-profile allegations of child sexual abuse involving current or former members of parliament, senior civil servants, government advisers and members of intelligence and security agencies. It will consider allegations of cover-up and conspiracy and review the adequacy of law enforcement responses to these allegations`..."
"Other lines of inquiry include allegations of a cover-up involving the abuse committed by Peter Ball, the former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester over three decades, the allegations of abuse at the Medomsley Detention Centre in Durham estimated to be nearly 1,000 in total as well as looking at the response of abuse allegations by the National Crime Agency (NCA)..."

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