31 Oct 2014

In response to Fiona Woolf’s resignation as chair for independent inquiry into child abuse, Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said:

'This critical inquiry has already been delayed twice. Now, it is vital that, as steps are taken to find a new chair, its work continues. The victims and survivors of child sexual abuse have already waited too long to get the justice they deserve.
'The inquiry is a critical opportunity to eliminate the obstacles that have denied these children justice in the past and to stop these horrific crimes from happening again. This independent inquiry needs to tackle the systematic and institutional failures that have left some of the most vulnerable children in this country open to abuse. It also needs to make sure that all offenders and those who covered up their crimes are held to account.

'The inquiry needs to take effective action to protect, help and support the victims of child sexual exploitation and enable their voices to be heard. But to make this a reality, this inquiry must get underway.'

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