Welcome to another week, but this isn’t just any week. This is the last week before the Chair for the Child Abuse Inquiry takes her seat as lead for the nation’s inquiry into child sexual abuse.
As Justice Goddard prepares to take the helm on the 3rd April, she will be steering an investigation which is set to examine institutional responses to child abuse. The current terms of reference limit the inquiry to only that – in other words, the Inquiry may not be required to look into child abuse which took place in organisations which are not classed as institutions, nor to understand how child abuse occurs or the processes which it thrives by.
Our question to you then, is just this: should the Inquiry limit itself to institutional responses to child abuse allegations, or should its terms of reference be wider?