BBC Radio 4 this morning mentioned that as the second meeting between survivors of child sexual abuse and the current Child Abuse Inquiry Panel (minus a Chair) takes place today, a call from Survivors to scrap the entire panel and start again may well cause the discussions to come to a head.
The call comes after the Inquiry’s abysmal track record with its Chairs having to step down and what is being perceived as a less than transparent election process used to choose panel members. And although a small minority of the members have been affected by abuse, only Graham Wilmer’s experience is similar to the kind of abuse being examined in this inquiry – a fact the media have not yet picked up on (presumably they have not read the Letters to the Home Secretary yet).
Quite understandably, survivors of child sexual abuse want to see the whole panel scrapped, and a public consultation process put in place to field suggestions as to who should sit on the Inquiry Panel.
For what it’s worth, we think the panel should have at least a significant minority of survivors on the panel. Without them, the Inquiry is doomed to be nothing more than a PR stunt.
Good luck today, Survivors.
(If you want to learn more about this inquiry and child abuse inquiries generally, check ou the BBC website)