Although it now appears to be blocked by a pay wall come subscription page, we found this article about the obstacles councils face when trying to source documentation, particularly historic files, eye-opening and a reminder that the child welfare system is still in downward spiral.
The article is entitled “Authorities must be proactive in assisting child abuse inquiry.”
In June of this year, Justice Goddard, chair for the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse, issued guidance on a moratorium designed to stop local authorities and certain other government bodies from destroying historic files which may be connected to child protection matters. This was done in a bid to preserve whatever evidence may have been left highlighting the extent of these organisations’ failures to protect children at risk, and potential leads relating to other child sexual abuse allegations.
Goddard invited these state institutions to actively search their drawers, folders and filing…
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