Child abuse inquiry needs to sort its issues out quickly, says NAPAC's Gabrielle Shaw

Child abuse inquiry 'needs to sort its issues out quickly', says NAPAC's Gabrielle Shaw

The enquiry into child abuse has faced a number of difficulties

Friday, October 14, 2016

The CEO of National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) has called for the inquiry into instituionalised abuse of children to sort out its issues. 

This comes after The Times reported on allegations that former chair Dame Lowell Goddard, who resigned in August, reportedly made racist remarks while she was in charge of the government's child sex abuse inquiry.

This is the latest scandal to hit the beleaguered inquiry, and Gabrielle Shaw called on the inquiry to pull itself together. 

"The allegations published in The Times are certainly shocking," she told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "Let's not underestimate the damage this will cause to the survivors. 

"If it's true they were covered up and denied, this will affect the trust the survivors have left in the inquiry. 

"NAPAC fought very strongly back in 2012 and 2013 that we need an inquiry into institutionalised abuse because it would shine a light into very dark areas. 

"The inquiry has issues it needs to sort out quickly. The alternative - to have no inquiry - would be the ultimate damage."

Julia also spoke to The Times's chief reporter Sean O'Neill, one of the authors of the report which detailed the allegations, who defended the accuracy of the article.

"We'd heard concerns," he said. "It took us a long time to persuade well-placed people at the inquiry to talk to use and verify their account. 

"We're absolutely certain these allegations are accurate, there are multiple sources verifying each other's accounts of extraordinary misconduct, tantrums and racist remarks.

"I know the judge has denied these, but we're confident with our sources, and that's why we've published what we've published today." 

Dame Lowell Goddard has voiced her deniel of these allegations, and is currently pursing legal actions.