Barbara Keeley MP


Need for a national inquiry on child abuse

Barbara Keeley MPThere are calls for a national inquiry into child abuse and MPs are being asked to support this. I do support the need for a national inquiry.

The NHS should already have reported on the inquiries into abuse by Jimmy Savile on NHS premises, reports which were promised this month. But now we hear that the report related to abuses at Stoke Mandeville will be delayed until later in the year. This means that some of Savile’s victims will be waiting still longer for answers.

There is now a need for a properly structured inquiry that draws together fragmented investigations into institutions throughout the country. Instead of many separate inquiries, the Home Secretary should step in and establish an overarching inquiry led by child protection experts so we can make sure vulnerable young people are listened to and protected from these horrible crimes in future.

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