End Goddard Child Abuse Inquiry Discrimination Against Survivors
Whiteflowers Campaign Group United Kingdom
“Dear Justice Goddard
Following the exclusion of survivor and whistleblower, Nigel O’Mara from core participation in the Independent Institutional Child Sex Abuse Inquiry, we the undersigned survivors, lawyers, child protection professionals, whistleblowers and associated professionals are deeply concerned that the inquiry is failing with its pledge to keep “survivors at the heart of the inquiry”. Indeed it is currently putting up barriers to equal participation for disclosed survivors. If this Inquiry does fail to bring survivors with it then this will utterly undermine both survivor and public confidence in the Inquiry.
Survivors welcomed your statement that the Inquiry required “a commitment to hear all sides with an open mind … and under conditions which provide a fair opportunity for all of those affected by the Inquiry to … put their points across.”
The Inquiry should give Survivors’ legal representatives guaranteed access to funding to represent their clients fully, prior to applications. Critically, the Inquiry should also give equal ‘institutional’ representation rights to committed and knowledgeable Survivor groups.
Those institutions (e.g. the Home Office), which were at the heart of failing the children, will have core participant status across all or most modules and investigations. They will be able to draw upon evidence from one module to another to the benefit of those institutions as opposed to Survivors who will be shut out of such evidence.
As matters stand, no independent Survivor representative group has the ability, funding or means to compete, in any way, with the access to evidence and influence that these establishment institutions (who failed children) will have. This fails to recognise the fact that survivor groups such as Survivors of Organised & Institutional Abuse (SOIA) are sometimes the only organisations that survivors are prepared to trust.
Not affording Survivor representative groups core participant status across all modules is not reasonably or objectively justified, leaving Survivors at the margins of this Inquiry as disempowered observers.
As a matter of fairness, at least one independent Survivor representative group with overarching knowledge of child abuse, such as SOIA must be granted core participant status in all the Inquiry’s modules and investigations.
Granting such an application would help build confidence amongst Survivors by transparently putting the interests of Survivors on equal footing to those established institutions that have failed them.
The Inquiry must also put much greater effort into making all survivors aware of the Inquiry. This requires immediate and widespread publicity, utilising survivor networks, television, radio and social media. Otherwise this once in a “generation” opportunity will fail not only survivors today but also future generations of children.
Phil Frampton, Whiteflowers Co-ordinator
Bernard Courts, Forde Park Survivor
Jane and Andy Kershaw, Survivor of Forde Park
Colette Sherratt, Forde Park Survivors
Anthony Collins, Forde Park Survivors
Bernie Coutts, Forde Park Survivors
Nigel O’Mara, East Midland Survivors
Pauline Clare, former Chief Constable, Lancashire Constabulary
Jim Gamble, former Head of CEOPs
Michael Mansfield QC
Antonia Benfield QC
Dr Liz Davies, Emeritus Reader in Child Protection, London Metropolitan University
Julie Selwyn CBE, Professor of Child and Family Social Work, University of Bristol
Professor Marianne Hester OBE, University of Bristol
Bill Bowring, Professor of Law, Birkbeck College University of London
Ann Davis, Emeritus Professor Social Work & Mental Health, University of Birmingham
Bridget Penhale, Reader University of East Anglia
Stuart Syvret, former Minister for Health & Social Service, Jersey
Ruth Stark MBE President, International Federation of Social Workers
Guy Shennan, Chair, & Dr Ruth Allen, Chief Executive Officer, on behalf of British Association of Social Workers.
John Mann MP
Stephen Durham, Family & Matrimonial Solicitor, Law Society Accredited Children Law Solicitor
Dr Paul Redgrave, Director of Public Health, Barnsley 2004-09
Roger Kline, Director NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard ,Research fellow, Middlesex University
Dr Emma Williamson, Acting Head, Centre for Gender & Violence Research, University of Bristol
Robin Jamieson. Clinical Psychologist and Whistleblower.
Dr Dianne Campbell Lefevre, MB ChB FRCP FRCPsych
Gerald Bennet, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (retired)
Dr Paul Redgrave, Director of Public Health, Barnsley 2004-09
Heather Bacon, Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Child Protection (retired)
Sandra Buck, former paediatrician, Chair of RAINS
Charlotte Proudman, Barrister, Mansfield Chambers
Thalia Maragh, Barrister, Mansfield Chambers
Jonathan Butterworth, Barrister, Mansfield Chambers
Cyrilia Davies Knight, Barrister, Mansfield Chambers
Allison Monroe. Barrister, Mansfield Chambers
John Nicholson, Barrister, Kenworthy Chambers & former Deputy Leader, Manchester City Council
Janet Cragg, Barrister, Kenworthy Chambers
Amanda Flattery, Family Barrister , Kenworthy’s Chambers
Sue Scrote, Senior ICU Staff Nurse and Survivor
Brian Douieb, Survivor and former Leaving Care Social Work Manager’
Richard Murphy, Whiteflowers
Andrea Enisuoh, Whiteflowers
Geri Burnikell,Co-ordinator, SupportLine
Dr Dianne LeFevre, Retired Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist
Andrew MacDonald, Council Member, British Association of Social Workers
Jacki Rothwell, Independent Reviewing Officer
Josie Bemrose, Social Worker, Nottingham City Council
Debbie Tattersall, Social Worker
Anthony Pritchard-Retired Social Worker/Counsellor
Sue Richardson, UKCP registered Attachment-based Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist.
Heather Rawling, Senior Education Officer, Leicestershire County Council (retired)
Chris Walker, Educational Psychologist, PSI-UK
Sue Hampson, Director, Safe to Say Training & Consultancy
Irene Edgar Director Safe to Say Training & Consultancy
Dr Rachel Chapple, Founder of Real Stories Gallery Foundation
Carole Mallard, Retired Metropolitan Police Sergeant Involved In Child Protection
Gail Frampton, Senior Lecturer (Early Years & Children & Young People) UCO MA Fellow HEA
Teresa MacKay, East of England representative TUCJCC
Peter Murphy, GMB Branch Secretary, London Borough of Greenwich
Viktoria Lowe, Retired Social Worker & Lecturer, Salford University
Annette Rimmer, University Lecturer and Broadcaster
Richard Woodley, Safeguarding & Child Protection Trainer, Farnborough College
Sylvia Schroer, Therapist and Adoptive Parent
Mandy Coghill Psychotherapist
Susan Harrison, Consultant, Safeguarding Children & Adults
Manisha Mahendra, Patel, Social Worker
Jane Giddings, Psychotherapist
Lee Ash, Addiction Therapist Trevi House, Plymouth
Gwen McLeod, Survivor and Associate Trainer, Safe to Say
Mrs Philippa Dryland, Therapist (MBACP accred) Supervisor and Trustee of Trauma and Abuse Group
Annamarie Cope. Founder of C.O.P.E
Priscilla Scanio, Trustee, The Erasmus Foundation
Yasmin Rehman, Board Member, ‘End Violence Against Women Coalition’
Becky Fuse, Sexual Health Account Manager, Blue Step Health
Felicity Dowling, Teacher
Rosie Canning, Care Leaver Campaigner & Doctoral Researcher University of Southampton
Kath Harvey, Retired Primary School Teacher
Jo Heath, CASSA
Michael Wearing, Chief Executive Officer, That’s Bellion Film Production Ltd & Former Metropolitan Police Officer.
Dawn Vear, Company Secretary, UKCreditUnions
Andrew MacKay, Counsellor
Catharine Douglas, Counsellor
Ben Eastop, Arts Manager, Estates Development)
Jo Webb, Director, Webbenables ltd”
This petition will be delivered to:
Counsel: Ben Emerson