What’s Wrong with the Inquiry into Child #SexualAbuse? Civil Servants! @MoJGovUK @UKHomeOffice

16-09-11-hascYesterday we saw ‘#abused children’ among the most impressive ‘posters’ used in the 3 Penny Opera at the National Theatre.

Now we look forward to the National Treasure, where Robbie Coltrane is acting for all the people who have been abused.

He said that the Power of Drama needs to be used, when judiciary, police and Parliament don’t seem to be able to handle it…

Meanwhile, here’s the critique that Dame Lowell Goddard sent to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee instead of appearing in person.

In bullet points:

  1. Brief history and early legacy
    • difficulties within the Inquiry Panel;
    • conflicting political views over its composition within the survivor communities;
    • absence of leadership avoided planning or scoping of tasks;
    • negative perceptions about the Inquiry’s prospects of success.
  2. New inquiry and my appointment
  3. Managing the Inquiry
    • need to narrow its focus to 3 core projects:
      • Research;
      • Public Hearings;
      • Truth for Private Hearings;
    • 12 work streams – with an institutionally and thematically based approach;
    • the composition of the Secretariat of about 30 personnel ;(recommendation 13 in the Committee’s report was not complied with).

their approach has been bureaucratic and the Inquiry’s progress has been impeded by a lack of adequate systems and personnel, leading to critical delays.

Another difficulty:

the communications capacity of the Inquiry was never adequate for the formidable and important function of interacting with the public and I suggest that capacity in that regard needs to be radically strengthened for the future.

  • Lack of ‘Evidence Management System’;
  • inability to deliver Public Hearings for natural justice to all;
    • the solicitor has been unable to prepare documentation for a Public Hearing;
    • securing a hearing centre for Private Hearings;
  • that’s the lack of confidence I had to take responsibility for.

Under the power of the Inquiries Act 2005, the Chair has no powers to delegate hearing responsibilities.

Positive Achievements:

  • an effective and dedicated Victims and Survivors panel has been established.

With the benefit of hindsight and experience:

  • scale, size and thus manageability are the problem;
  • remodelling and recalibrating its emphasis toward current events and thus focussing major attention on the present and future protection of children.

The Australian Royal Commission as model:

  1. the ability to delegate hearing responsibilities;
  2. their conduct of private hearings;
  3. funding was twice the level in its initial stages…

The Truth Project to ensure that victims are heard

  • may benefit from being established as an independent component.

As a computer and data scientist and systems analyst, I consider this absolutely understandable and comprehensive.

I would have expected references to REMEDIES as well, as therapy is clearly not even considered, let alone COMPENSATION.

So a ‘data base gathering’ approach is clearly not good enough.

But everybody has to wake up to their responsibilities. Dame Goddard did by resigning to make a challenge occur, as she put it. She did. But will the Home Office and the Home Affairs Committee rise to it?



About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

I'm a mathematician and system analyst formerly at CERN in Geneva and became an event organiser, software designer, independent web publisher and online promoter of Open Justice. My most significant scientific contribution is www.smartknowledge.space
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