5 Aug 2016

In response to the announcement of Justice Lowell Goddard's resignation from the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse, Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children's Society said:  

'The crucial work of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse must not be derailed by the departure of the chair.    

'The inquiry was established in order to identify the extent to which institutions across England and Wales have failed to protect children against sexual abuse over successive generations. For the sake of victims of abuse, it is important that progress is made quickly to appoint a new chair.    

'However, there have now been three chairs appointed since the inquiry was first announced.  Given this, it is equally important to ensure the new chair is the right person for the task ahead.'

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