In the latest development on the now infamous child abuse inquiry (its second Chair Fiona Woolf has just stepped down and the inquiry has not even got off the ground since its inception weeks ago), child abuse survivors are calling on the government to give the Inquiry greater powers.

Some thought is also being given to extending the geographical remit of the Inquiry, which currently only includes Wales and England (and omits Northern Ireland, a hot spot for historical child abuse).

Survivors though, have asked Theresa May to give the Inquiry powers to compel witnesses to give evidence and see those who give false statements prosecuted.

So, what do you think? Is this a good idea and if so, are these powers sufficient to make sure the Inquiry, when it eventually gets going, can provide some meaningful insight into this deeply troubling phenomenon?

Home Secretary, Theresa May

 

 

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