Judge who quit

Judge who quit the government’s child sex abuse inquiry
after just 18 months was handed a £90,000 payoff – including flights
home to New Zealand

  • Dame Lowell Goddard suddenly quit as chief of the inquiry in August
  • She was the third to resign from the head of the massive investigation 
  • Goddard had been on a total package worth almost £500,000 a year 
The New Zealand judge who quit as head of the massive public inquiry into child abuse has received a pay off worth £90,000.
Dame
Lowell Goddard, who was in the post for just 18 months, had been on a
total salary and benefits package worth almost £500,000.
Dame
Lowell became the third chairwoman to walk out on the multi-million
pound inquiry in August, throwing the beleaguered probe into a new
crisis.
Her
£80,000 severance, plus business class flights to New Zealand, was
agreed by Home Secretary Amber Rudd and brought her total payments to
almost £700,000 for 18 months in charge of an inquiry that has not yet
heard any evidence.

Dame Lowell
Goddard resigned as head of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual
Abuse in August and has now received a severance deal worth around
£90,000 
Victims
groups today revealed their frustration at the ailing inquiry, pointing
out £90,000 could be better spent on counselling for abuse survivors.
Ms
Rudd appointed Professor Alexis Jay to head up the inquiry, which is
tasked together 13 separate investigations into one overarching review
of historic child abuse in British institutions.
The
inquiry was plunged into further crisis in recent weeks as its most
senior barrister was suspended and others quit over fears the inquiry
was too big and unmanageable.
Senior legal figures have called for it to be scrapped and refocused on identifying how to prevent abuse in the future.
Dame
Lowell, who was appointed by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary,
had been earning a salary of £360,000, plus £110,000 for an apartment in
Kensington, another £12,000 to cover bills, and a Government car and
driver.
Andrew Lavery, of the victims’ group White Flowers Alba, told The Times the
‘galling’ news came on the day the inquiry had invited him to attend a
meeting in London but refused even to discuss meeting his travel
expenses.
He added: ‘It’s disgraceful but this inquiry has long been a shameful gravy trough.’
The £80,000 severance, plus business class flights to New Zealand, were agreed by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, pictured at last week's Tory conference 

The £80,000 severance, plus business
class flights to New Zealand, were agreed by Home Secretary Amber Rudd,
pictured at last week’s Tory conference 
Ian
McFadyen, a campaigner, said: ‘A thousand pounds will give a survivor
seven weeks of counselling and we’re struggling to get those funds.
‘I
would have thought that someone who left without explaining why and
without finishing the job would have declined any payoff.’
A
Home Office spokesman said: ‘The independent inquiry has a vital role
to play in exposing the failure of public bodies and other major
organisations to prevent child sexual abuse.
‘We owe it to victims and survivors to get to the truth and the independent inquiry is continuing its vital work.’
The inquiry has been beset by delays and controversies since it was first announced by the then home secretary Mrs May.
Baroness
Butler-Sloss stood down in July 2014 amid questions over the role
played by her late brother, Lord Havers, who was attorney general in the
1980s.
Baroness Butler-Sloss

Dame Fiona Woolf

Baroness
Butler-Sloss (left) and Dame Fiona Woolf (right) both stepped down from
the role as head of the child sex abuse inquiry after concerns about
their links to the establishment
Her
replacement Dame Fiona Woolf resigned following a barrage of criticism
over her ‘establishment links’, most notably in relation to former home
secretary Leon Brittan, who died in 2015.
Mrs
May officially reconstituted the probe under Justice Goddard in March
2015 and placed it on a statutory footing, meaning it has the power to
compel witnesses to give evidence.
The
inquiry’s terms of reference say that its purpose includes considering
‘the extent to which state and non-state institutions have failed in
their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse and
exploitation’. It covers England and Wales.

ONE ABUSE INQUIRY BUT 13 DIFFERENT INVESTIGATIONS 

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is to carry out 13 separate investigations: 
Allegations of child sexual abuse linked to Westminster
– This will be an ‘overarching inquiry’ into allegations of abuse and
exploitation involving ‘people of public prominence associated with
Westminster’. It will examine high profile claims involving ‘current or
former’ MPs, senior civil servants and members of the intelligence and
security agencies.
The Roman Catholic Church 
This will look into the extent of any institutional failures to protect
children from abuse within the church in England and Wales.
The Anglican Church – This
investigation will look at the extent of any institutional failures to
protect children from abuse within the Anglican Church.
The internet
– The inquiry will look into institutional responses to child sexual
abuse and exploitation ‘facilitated’ by the internet. This will include
investigations of the policies of internet firms.
Residential schools – This will investigate abuse and exploitation of children in residential schools in both the state and independent sector.
Nottinghamshire councils – This
will look into the extent of any institutional failures to protect
children in the care of Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire councils
following allegations of widespread sexual abuse and exploitation.
Lambeth Council – This
will examine the extent of any institutional failures to protect
children after allegations of abuse in children’s homes run by the
London authority.
Lord Janner – This
will look into allegations of child sex abuse against Lord Greville
Janner. The peer, who died aged 87 in December, is alleged to have
abused children over a period spanning more than 30 years.
Protection of children outside the UK – This
will scrutinise ‘grave allegations’ that have emerged regarding abuse
by individuals working for British institutions and organisations
abroad.
Sexual abuse of children in custodial institutions
– This will examine the scale of abuse within the secure estate for
children and young people. The inquiry has identified Medomsley Youth
Detention Centre, County Durham, as the first case study.
Child sexual exploitation by organised networks – This
will focus on institutional responses to systematic grooming and sexual
abuse of children by groups of offenders as seen in cities including
Rotherham, Rochdale and Oxford.
Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale – An
inquiry into allegations of the sexual abuse and exploitation of
children residing at or attending Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel, Knowl
View School, and other institutions where their placement was arranged
or provided by Rochdale Borough Council.
Accountability and reparations for victims and survivors of abuse
– This arm of the inquiry will focus on the support services and legal
remedies available to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.

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