TOO BIG FOR GODDARD

Government’s child sex abuse inquiry is TOO BIG to uncover the truth, former chair warns 

  • Dame Lowell Goddard gives damning assessment of inquiry’s prospects
  • Says should be remodelled to focus on current issues instead of historical
  • New Zealand judge quit as chair of the wide-ranging probe last month 
  • Has been replaced by Alexis Jay, who wrote Rotherham abuse report 
The government’s child sex abuse inquiry is too big to uncover the truth, its former chairman has warned.
Dame Lowell Goddard, who resigned last month, delivered a damning assessment of the probe’s prospect of success.
The
New Zealand high court judge is the third chief to quit the inquiry –
which was set up amid claims of an establishment cover-up following
allegations that a paedophile ring operated in Westminster in the 1980s.
Dame Lowell Goddard, a New Zealand high court judge, resigned from the inquiry last month 

Dame Lowell Goddard, a New Zealand high court judge, resigned from the inquiry last month 
The wide-ranging review was launched in by Theresa May 2014.
Baroness Butler-Sloss and Dame Fiona Woolf had previously stepped aside from the job. 
In
a letter to the Home Affairs Select Committee, Dame Lowell said: ‘With
the benefit of hindsight, or more realistically the benefit of
experience, it is clear there is an inherent problem in the sheer scale
and size of the inquiry (which its budget does not match) and therefore
in its manageability.’
According
to The Times, which saw the memo, she added: ‘I have recommended in my
report to the Home Secretary that my departure provides a timely
opportunity to undertake a complete review of the inquiry in its present
form, with a view to remodelling it and recalibrating its emphasis more
towards current events and thus focusing major attention on the present
and future protection of children.’
In a statement after quitting she said there had been a ‘legacy of failure which has been very hard to shake off’.
The
inquiry was given a budget of £17.9 million for 2015/16 and has been
described as the most ambitious public inquiry ever in England and
Wales. It was estimated to take five years, but there have been
suggestions it could run for as long as a decade.
After her resignation Dame Lowell was asked to go before the Home Affairs Select Committee to explain her departure.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd is due to appear before the committee on Wednesday.
A
spokeswoman for the Home Office said: ‘The independent inquiry has a
vital role to play in exposing the failure of public bodies and other
major organisations to prevent systematic child sexual abuse.
‘Our
commitment to this inquiry is undiminished. We owe it to victims and
survivors to confront the appalling reality of how children were let
down by the very people who were charged to protect them and to learn
from the mistakes of the past.’
‘Last
month, the Home Secretary accepted the resignation of Dame Lowell
Goddard and appointed Professor Alexis Jay as chair. She has a strong
track record in uncovering the truth and it is essential that she is
able to get on with the important job of delivering justice to those
that deserve it.’
The wide-ranging child sex abuse inquiry was launched by then-home secretary Theresa May in 2014

The wide-ranging child sex abuse inquiry was launched by then-home secretary Theresa May in 2014
Professor Alexis Jay, who wrote the report on abuse in Rotherham, has been named as the new chair of the inquiry

Professor Alexis Jay, who wrote the report on abuse in Rotherham, has been named as the new chair of the inquiry

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