21 Oct 2014

In response into the scope of the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Lily Caprani, Director of Strategy and Policy at The Children’s Society, said:

'Today's announcement on the Woolf inquiry's plans to investigate institutions' failure to tackle abuse, in the past and present, marks a major step forward. We're encouraged that Fiona Woolf has said she will make sure that survivors' voices are heard.

'It is critical that this inquiry is child-focused and places young people's voices at its heart — including speaking directly to recent victims and survivors about their experiences.

'The inquiry must get to the bottom of why historic allegations were not investigated further, including why dismissive attitudes towards children's allegations were allowed to persist. Its scope must include reviewing the support for survivors when they come forward to disclose abuse.

'It is vital that legal and systemic changes are made to help prevent these horrific crimes from happening again, and to provide better support to those who come forward for help.'

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Notes to editors

  • Information on the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse https://childsexualabuseinquiry.independent.gov.uk/
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