An open letter to Theresa May calling for Michael Mansfield QC to chair the Child Abuse Inquiry

An open letter to Theresa May calling for Michael Mansfield QC to chair the Child Abuse Inquiry

Posted by murunbuch July 27, 2014
Dear Theresa May

Re the proposed government inquiry into organised child abuse

As Butler-Sloss stated, the proposed government inquiry into organised child abuse needs to have the confidence of care and abuse survivors. It is for this reason that the view of many survivors and leading specialists in the area of child protection is that the most suitable candidate to chair the announced ‘Child Abuse Inquiry’ is Michael Mansfield QC.

The chair of this inquiry will need fearlessness, to be prepared to challenge the authorities and to ask and get answers to very difficult questions. This is a role that can only be undertaken by someone clearly seen as outside the establishment.

Mr Mansfield has shown with his work on the Stephen Lawrence inquiry and the current Hillsborough inquiry that he has the respect of survivors and professionals to undertake this inquiry.

In addition to the need to have the correct chair – it is very disappointing that the proposed Terms of Reference (TOR), as set out by the Home Secretary, will, unless revised, render the Child Abuse Inquiry that she has announced almost worthless.

The Home Secretary has proposed an inquiry that will pull together previous reviews to produce a ‘Lessons learnt’ report – taking no evidence from individual victims.

This needs to be urgently reviewed and the TOR for this Inquiry must focus on the following three elements: 1) To hear evidence from survivors of organised abuse, which would finally give them a voice and allow them to be heard and believed 2) Set up a dedicated police team at the National Crime Agency to take evidence alongside the inquiry to investigate and prosecute offenders 3) To hold those that have failed in their professional duty or covered up allegations or been obstructive to account.

Having Mr Mansfield and revised Terms of Reference is the only way to secure justice for survivors and protection of our children.

Yours faithfully

Peter Saunders, CEO NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood)

Nze K.D. Akabusi MBE, QMSI ret , Executive Director The Akabusi Company

David Akinsanya, TV Producer

Mark Williams Thomas, TV Presenter, Criminologist & Child Protection Expert

Phil Frampton, Founding Chair, Care Leavers Association

Ann Davis, Emeritus Professor of Social Work and Mental Health, University of Birmingham

Dr Liz Davies, Reader in Child Protection, London Metropolitan University

John Cooper QC

Roger Kline, Research Fellow, Middlesex University Business School

Les Huckfield MP for Nuneaton 1967-83. MEP for Merseyside East 1984-89

John Hemming MP

Paul Gosling, Author: Abuse of Trust

Tracey Emmott, Director (Solicitor) Emmott Snell Solicitors

Dr Sarah Nelson, Child Abuse Researcher and Campaigner

Dr Philippa White, Director, Tuart Place

Caroline Carnot, Author & Founding Executive Care Leavers Association

Bobby Martin: Community & Gang Intervention Advisor

Will McMahon Deputy Director, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

Anne Peake, CPsychol., FBPsS

Dr Kenneth McIntyre, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Chris Walker, Educational Psychologist PSI-UK

Dr Paul Redgrave, Director of Public Health, Barnsley 2004-09

Dr Valerie Sinason, Clinic for Dissociative Studies

Glenys Ingham, Headteacher

Di Roome, Retired Headteacher

Ken Jones, Education Leadership Consultant

Ed Nixon, Chief Executive, Family Care Associates

Brian Douieb, Former Leaving Care Social Work Manager

John Leech MP

et al

IMPORTANT: Please contact Theresa May if you want Michael Mansfield QC to chair the inquiry.

Please email phil@philframpton.co.uk if you have written to Theresa May endorsing the letter

There is also a petition here

https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/an-open-letter-to-theresa-may-calling-for-michael-mansfield-qc-to-chair-the-child-abuse-inquiry/

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Dear Theresa May

Re the proposed government inquiry into organised child abuse

As Butler-Sloss stated, the proposed government inquiry into organised child abuse needs to have the confidence of care and abuse survivors. It is for this reason that the view of many survivors and leading specialists in the area of child protection is that the most suitable candidate to chair the announced ‘Child Abuse Inquiry’ is Michael Mansfield QC.

The chair of this inquiry will need fearlessness, to be prepared to challenge the authorities and to ask and get answers to very difficult questions. This is a role that can only be undertaken by someone clearly seen as outside the establishment.

Mr Mansfield has shown with his work on the Stephen Lawrence inquiry and the current Hillsborough inquiry that he has the respect of survivors and professionals to undertake this inquiry.

In addition to the need to have the…

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